Along with Theatr Clwyd and National Theatre Wales, we’re launching a new initiative to find, develop and produce the best new plays in Wales. Am Ddrama / Play On will enable writers in Wales to connect directly to three of the nation’s biggest producing theatre companies.

We’re assembling a diverse panel of freelance and in-house readers to give feedback on new English-language and Welsh-language work and to match the most promising scripts and playwrights with the company best placed to develop, commission and produce their work, in both languages.

Readers will be engaged for a term of six months and the panel will come together monthly (online) to discuss submitted plays. Readers will be supported with a full induction on reading and report writing for Play On.

Each reader will receive a retainer of £200 per month for up to two days of their time, including the monthly readers’ meeting. Some flexibility is appreciated as more of the readers’ time may be required (and paid for) subject to regular review and the level of submissions, month to month.

Who are we looking for?

We’d love to work with readers from all over Wales, with a variety of lived experience and professional experience. We’re looking for readers of plays in both Welsh and English.

If you’re into watching, reading and talking about plays, if you know a great story when you read one, if you have a feel for crackling dialogue and distinctive voices, we want to hear from you.

You’ll be someone interested in evolving your knowledge of story, form and the development of scripts and ideas for performance. You may or may not have experience in a literary department, as a script editor, development executive or as a produced playwright yourself.

Perhaps you’re a stage director, a drama teacher, or a student of theatre or literature. Maybe you’re an actor, a costume designer, a producer or a composer, and you can’t get enough of incredible plays. Maybe you work in publishing, advertising or content creation and have a passion for amazing stories on the stage.

You should be 18+, Welsh, or based or working in Wales.

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you.

To express your interest…

To make an expression of interest please email one page of A4, in Welsh or English, or a video of max. 2 minutes to submissions@nationaltheatrewales.org, explaining why you would like to be considered to be a reader for Am Ddrama / Play On.

For an informal discussion, please email mawgaine@nationaltheatrewales.org (for a chat in English) or arwel.gruffydd@theatr.com (for a chat in Welsh).

The application deadline is Friday 10 September 2021.

We can’t wait to hear from you.