New Writing

*** Calling all companies, directors, producers, performers and artistic folk***


In August 2019 The White Bear Theatre, Kennington will be running a new work festival to celebrate a good 30 in the business and we want to hear from YOU!

Do you have a new-writing play you want to perform? Perhaps you have a movement piece? A monologue? A musical? Something completely different? Perhaps you want to do something but just can’t afford the Edinburgh Fringe? We are holding an open call for work to play over 3 weeks in August. We have 6 week-long slots and some one-two night slots available, as well as a launch night and plenty of opportunity to get involved.


What are we looking for?

Anything really, as long as it’s new (we’re not looking for revivals, this time). We’re especially interested in work that gets the pulse racing, stories rarely told, pushing and redefining boundaries and seeing what magic you can create.


The rules (there are only a few, promise)

  • Pieces must be no longer than 1 hour

  • Sets must be minimal – think festival changeovers, we can’t have a full living room set, but a couple of blocks or chairs we can stash somewhere is fine.

  • There’s no official limit on cast size, but bear in mind we’re a pub theatre with a smallish dressing room, so an ensemble of 50 might be pushing it.

  • All slots are offered on a box office split with a standard festival ticket price. You’ll be given someone to operate the box office, inclusion in our mailing lists, industry comps, marketing support, inclusion on the website.

  • The theatre has a capacity of 52, and is a corner stage.


After that – it’s up to you…

Any questions, feel free to contact

Otherwise, here’s our application form.

(Please email us if you have any trouble with the application form, and we will send you an alternative)

Look forward to hearing from you!


Please note, applications close Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 5pm. Applications after this time cannot be considered.


The WB team x

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