The Octagon has a proud history of new work. Plays first written for the Octagon, including Two by Jim Cartwright and Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis by Charlotte Jones, have gone on to be performed around the country and the world.
We want to work with writers of all backgrounds in the belief that everyone’s story matters and, in particular, to champion the next generation of emerging talent. Our commitment to diversity means that we seek out artists and voices that are currently under-represented on stage.
We aim to commission 1-2 new plays a year. The journey from an initial idea to a full production is a long one, often taking place over a number of years. Sending your work in to us is a chance for the Octagon to get to know you as a writer and will hopefully be the start of a conversation between us.
As we are only a small team, we're not able to read unsolicited script submissions throughout the year. We will post on this page when we have details of our next script reading window.
If you have a show that you’d like the Octagon to consider programming, please visit here.
If you are new to writing or you wish to develop you skills, we suggest you attend one of our workshops.
If you have written a play that you think would be a great fit for the Octagon, we would like to hear from you.
We are thrilled to be one of the 15 leading theatres to be part of this landmark programme for female playwrights.