In association with COMMON

Support and space to develop your practice

INCUBATE gives playwrights the opportunity to identify, for themselves, what form of support they need in order to develop their practice and to progress their work on a new concept or script.

In partnership with COMMON, the Pleasance Theatre (Islington) will provide vital support to four working-class playwrights through giving them the time, money and space needed to explore a new concept / script, and to identify for themselves what support they need to do it.

Whether it’s simply needing a quiet, physical space to write; to be paid to have the time to put pen to paper, to explore a new concept, or continue developing an existing script; to hear your work read aloud, get it up on its feet or work with a new collaborator; to gain feedback on specific scenes or sections of your writing; or needing to make connections within the theatre industry to enable your script to move closer to production, we want to give the power to you to decide what your next best step will be!


Who is Eligible?

  • You must identify as a working-class playwright.

  • The work you are proposing must not yet have been produced in a full / professional production.

  • Your proposed concept or script must be a piece of writing for the theatre.*

*Please note that this does not need to be a piece of new writing, it could be an adaptation, a piece of work for children or young people etc. However, it must be a piece of work for the stage.


What are we offering?

  • A combined seed commission / development fee of £875 for each participating writer.

  • Access to free rehearsal and development space at Pleasance Islington.

  • An evening in our StageSpace studio to share a script-in-hand reading with an invited audience, if that would be beneficial

  • Feedback on your script, at any stage of its development, from a panel of industry professionals.

  • Industry mentoring and support from COMMON and Pleasance Theatre.

Each selected playwright is responsible for putting together a team (director/actors), although we may be able to support this process.  We do not have any requirements for content or style of the work, but will prioritise work that is innovative in content and form.


How to Apply

Submissions for INCUBATE are now closed. This page will be updated with more information regarding INCUBATE 2022 as soon as it is available. 

Our 2019 writers were:


INCUBATE 2020 is supported by the Garrick Club Charitable Trust


PDF icon INCUBATE info pack.pdf

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