Call Out- Young Writer in Residence 2020

Published: 20th January 2020

The Customs House is currently preparing for our Takeover Festival for 2020. Each year The Customs House is taken over by emerging artists and arts professionals aged up to 25 years of age for a week of theatre, cinema, music, dance, poetry, hip hop and visual art.

This year, we will build on the previous year’s successes of Reece Connolly’s WORMTOWN, and Isolation by last year’s appointed writer, Elijah Young.

We were delighted that Isolation was shortlisted in the British Theatre Guide’s best of North East theatre in 2019 for Best New Play category. Elijah also won Most Promising Newcomer, and reviewer Peter Lathan said, ‘for me the real find of the year was Elijah Young whose Isolation for The Customs House really impressed me for its imaginative sensitivity and its balance of humour and pathos (most impressive in a 21-year-old)’.

One of the actors said of the opportunity;

‘As an industry newcomer working on another newcomer’s amazing piece of writing I felt both immensely lucky and at home. It is imperative that such opportunities such as this are created it creates room for magic to be made.’

We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity again and are seeking to appoint 2020’s Young Writer in Residence, who will benefit from mentoring from a professional writer.

This year’s mentoring will be delivered by eminent playwright Tom Wells (DRIP (Script Club/Boundless Theatre); BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough/Live Theatre, Newcastle); FOLK (Birmingham Rep/Hull Truck Theatre/Watford Palace Theatre), JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough – Watford Palace Theatre and UK tour, 2013/14).

The Young Writer in Residence’s play will be staged in our Main House as the finale piece of our Takeover Festival on 29 May.

We are seeking submissions which has young people’s voices at its heart, and a narrative that is firmly rooted in the north east.  The final version would run at between 45-60 minutes, with no interval and would be suitable for audiences aged 14+. There would need to be roles for eight young actors, these may play single parts or as multi-roles.

A final draft would need to be completed by 4 May.

Because of our funding, the Young Writer in Residence would need to be aged 25 and under and be from/live in the north east of England.  The total fee allocated to the writer for the opportunity is £400 payable upon submission of the final draft.

Eligible writers should submit the following:

Name, date of birth, and a brief bio.

Title of play, a brief synopsis and up to 15 minutes of their play.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 16 March at 5.00pm and entrants should be sent to: Fiona@customshouse.co.uk.