Call Out- Young Writer in Residence- The Takeover 2018

Published: 27th February 2018

The Customs House is currently preparing for our fourth Takeover Festival for 2018. The festival is planned, promoted and delivered by young people from South Tyneside and the wider region, while developing and showcasing the work of their peers. It is already the centre-piece of our young talent development programme, which has been described by Arts Council England (ACE) as ‘Exemplary’. Young people who engage with the festival have utilised the experience to make successful employment and higher education applications, and have continued to engage with The Customs House.

In 2018 we will build on the success of our Takeover Theatre Residency programme by creating a once-in-a-lifetime development opportunity for nine young people aged 17 to 25 years old from the region. We are seeking to appoint The Customs House’s first ever Young Writer in Residence, who will benefit from a programme of mentoring delivered by professional writer, Laura Turner (BBC EastEnders: E20; Almeida Theatre; Associate Writer, Petersfield Shakespeare Festival; Chapterhouse Theatre Company).

This mentoring programme will result in a play that will be staged in our Main House during the Festival.

We are seeking submissions which are responsive to a particular place; somewhere that means something to you whether that’s of local or personal significance.

Eight young actors from the area will be selected for roles in the play and benefit from working with Jake Smith, a director from the North East (Resident Director Almeida Theatre, National Theatre Directors Programme.)

They will rehearse the work during in a five-day residency at The Customs House during the festival, with a performance in front of a large public audience as the festival’s closing event on Friday 1 June.

The project will include a preview reading of the play at The Customs House during The WRITE Festival on 24 May at 7.00pm.

Following The Takeover performance, the play with then transfer to Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle on Saturday 16 June as part of Newcastle’s first Youth Fringe Festival.

We will use our networks to ensure that industry figures from the region are in attendance at both performances and that the young people involved have the opportunity to meet and speak with these audience members.

Interested 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 26 March and entrants should be sent to: