Playhouse Playmaker is our writers’ attachment scheme for playwrights, led by award-winning playwright Clare Bayley.

Our scheme supports up to six emerging playwrights each year to write a full-length play through a rewarding programme of workshops, dramaturgy and mentoring.

We are now accepting applications for our 2024 cohort of writers. Find out more about Playhouse Playmaker and how to apply below...

Playhouse Playmaker

How does the scheme work?

From January to June, the group meets in person on one Saturday per month, 10am to 4pm, at Oxford Playhouse. Sessions consist of practical writing exercises, discussion, feedback on scripts and peer group support, with guest playwrights and dramaturgs invited across the scheme to contribute a widened variety of styles and lived experiences to the process.

Our writers will be given the Summer to finalise a first draft, from which a ten-minute extract will be selected for the first performance of a rehearsed reading in our BT Studio as part of our Offbeat festival in September 2024.

What are the benefits of taking part?
  • A small, focused group, with access to peer support
  • Consistent timeline, with an expectation of kept deadlines
  • Consistent dramaturgical support and feedback from Clare Bayley, with additional support from guest writers and dramaturgs
  • Rehearsed-reading performance of first draft
  • Free to take part, with financial contribution towards travel to Oxford
  • Breakfast and lunch provided at monthly sessions
  • Access to the OP network of artists, including beyond the timeline of the scheme
  • Invitation to events and performances at Oxford Playhouse
  • Opportunity to share and publicise work on our seasonal Artists Newsletter
Who can apply?

Our Playhouse Playmaker scheme is suitable for playwrights at any stage of their career, who have already completed at least one full play. You will benefit most from the scheme if you have had your work performed at least once.

This scheme is not suitable for beginners. Applicants must be aged 21+.

We particularly encourage applications from writers who are currently under-represented across the theatre industry, including those with protected characteristics. We would also value applications from writers based in, or with connections to, Oxfordshire.

How do I apply?

To apply to our Playhouse Playmaker scheme, please complete the online Application Form below.

As part of this Application Form, you will need to attach:

  • One 20-page extract of a play you have written. This play does not need to exist as a finished full-length play at this point.
  • One example of a full-length play you have written.

Applications must be submitted by 12noon on Friday 6 October.

Online interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place w/c Monday 6 November.

If you need support completing your Application Form, or if you need to submit using an alternative method, please get in touch: