Our playwright development space.


We believe the best way to help playwrights develop is to produce their plays. So we spend most of our time doing just that.

Alongside our productions, we invest in a small number of invited playwrights each year, offering bespoke development support, on their terms. We call this support The Big Room.

The Big Room is playwright led, offering writers what they need when they need it. That might be a desk, rehearsal space, a writing retreat, financial support, mentorship, brokerage or anything else the writer requests. 

The Big Room is bespoke, cross-generational, and nationwide. 

The Big Room was created in response to our consultation with more than 50 UK playwrights and is driven by the following ethos:

/ It will primarily help playwrights develop their art rather than their careers.

/ It will be led by the individual playwright on their terms.

/ It will complement and connect existing national development provision, working in partnership with, rather than looking to replace, existing opportunities.

/ It will not be driven by, towards or because of production.

The Big Room is something we offer to playwrights with whom we have an existing, developing relationship. It's not something you can apply for. But if you're a playwright and you'd like to get to know us, here's how to get involved.