Leeds Playhouse joins search for aspiring South Asian women playwrights

Leeds Playhouse has joined with a theatre company to help find aspiring women playwrights of South Asian descent.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 4:45 am

Kali Theatre Company's Discovery programme is open to UK-based female writers of South Asian descent, who are eligible to live and work in the UK, and who have not had a play presented as a full production.

Selected writers receive: three playwriting workshops led by leading female practitioners; support to develop their 10-page submission into a 20-minute play; rehearsal with actors and director; two public performances of a staged reading as part of a showcase for industry, friends and family and a bursary towards travel expenses and childcare.

No previous playwriting experience is necessary.

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The programme will start in September 2021 and end in March 2022.

The application deadline is July 29.

Oldham Coliseum Hampstead Theatre are also taking part.

Kali will also be running taster workshops where writers will have a chance to meet the team.

The Leeds event takes place on Saturday, July 17, from 2pm-4pm.

Kali started 30 years ago when actor Rita Wolf wanted to put on a shocking story about a South Asian woman who was murdered by her husband for running away - but no theatre companies were interested in this story.

Rita Wolf and playwright Rukhsana Ahmad set up Kali in order to stage the production.

Kali has supported more than 100 talented British South Asian women playwrights.

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