Open Writer’s Labs

Paines Plough

What can you receive?
Development & networking


15 April 2023

Paines Plough are launching a new nationwide writer development programme in 2023 and with leading theatres across the country and want to connect with storytellers and creatives with an interest in writing for stage and performance.

This programme will look to create a nationwide network of writers, storytellers and creatives with ongoing support, development and mentoring from Paines Plough and partners.

We’re launching this programme with an Open Writer’s Lab at each of our partner venues where you’ll get to meet the team, connect with each other, and begin your Paines Plough development journey.

You can meet us on the following dates (with more to be added soon).

Click the links below to sign up via Eventbrite.

  • 25 February 2023 – Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • 11 March 2023 – New Theatre
  • Peterborough 18 March 2023 – Mercury Theatre
  • Colchester 1 April 2023 – Queen’s Theatre
  • Barnstaple 15 April 2023 – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

This will be the first in a series of offers from Paines Plough and our partners, so do not worry if you can’t attend, there will be more to come!

The Writers We want to connect with

Anyone that writes, wants to write or has never considered writing before. We’re looking for poets, authors, musicians and storytellers in all their forms. If you’ve got an interest in writing for stage and performance, then we want to meet you. We particularly want to hear from under-represented voices within the industry.

Over the past year, Paines Plough has produced work with people who identify as Black, South Asian, trans, disabled, queer, gay, neurodivergent, and more. But there is more to do. We want to keep creating brave and bold spaces for voices we don’t often hear from to tell stories that aren’t often heard. If you think that’s you, then get in touch. You don’t need any prior experience, just a desire to tell a story.

The Sessions

The session will run for a full day (eight hours) and will allow you to meet the Paines Plough team and the team in your local theatre. We will also have guest facilitators to run a creative writing workshop.

Finally, we’d love to hear back from you, the writers and storytellers, on what you’d like to see from a new development programme. If you have any access requests to help you better participate in sessions, please let us know via email ( after reserving your place.

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