The Marlowe
Our artist development programme

Our artist development programme

We're committed to supporting the creation of new theatre.

We are committed to making East Kent a region where artists can work, live and thrive.

Our annual programme aims to support creatives who work in all forms of theatre, by providing opportunities for artists to: network, train and showcase their work.

We want to support and inspire Kent artists to make work that resonates with the region.

You can help us celebrate Kent as a centre for the creation of high quality artistic work by taking part in the following opportunities:

The Toolkit

Twice a year, we will open our doors to local artists and invite them to engage and experiment with us over a whole day of talks, masterclasses and workshops from visiting industry leaders.

We want to support, advise and inspire the making of new work.

The Roar platform

Our annual New Writing Showcase is the flagship event of our artist development programme, providing four theatre artists/companies with the opportunity to take part in an intensive two week research and development process.

The artists taking part will be given the opportunity to work with professional actors and will receive mentoring from our in-house directors and dramaturges.

The two weeks culminate in a public performance of the four pieces of work to an invited audience, including leading theatre producers.

The process is open to writers at any stage of their professional development. We’re interested in big and bold ideas, with real potential, that will connect our region.

For current opportunities relating to our Roar programme, please see our Opportunities page.

We too are big and bold in our ambition. We’ve only been making work since 2014 but in that time have produced Beached (Melissa Bubnic), A Better Woman (Simon Mendes Da Costa), Run The Beast Down (Titas Halder), Box Clever (Monsay Whitney), Hannah And Hanna In Dreamland (John Retallack), Kanye The First (Sam Steiner) and for 2018 we have created a Christmas repertoire; The Naughty Fox and …If You’ve Never Been To The Moon? (James Baldwin).

Unsolicited scripts

If you are working on a play, you are welcome to send us a script at any time.

Our reading group meets quarterly to discuss local work and will provide you with feedback.

Recommended guidelines for plays that we would like to see are:

  • You are a Kent-based writer, or have a strong connection to the area
  • Your script is written for the stage and not for the screen
  • Your script is no longer than 70 minutes
  • You are confident that your script is at its best version
  • Most importantly, you are excited by your work and us reading it

Whilst we will get back to you, we cannot promise an immediate response.

We’d also like to point you in the direction of some other fantastic prizes and opportunities to get your new writing out there:

The Marlowe Playwrights
The Bruntwood Prize
Verity Bargate Award
Bush Theatre
Paines Plough


Come along to one of our regular networking events and meet other local creatives – it’s great to put a face to a name.

Invite us to your work if you are a Kent-based artist, of have a strong connection to the area, please send us an invite to see your work. Or just ask us for a cuppa and a chat!

Artist log

If you would like to hear from us regularly about creative opportunities in our region, you can join our local artist log mailing list.

We will email you about networking, training or paid working opportunities that arise at The Marlowe and across East Kent.