GUIDANCE FOR SUBMISSIONS
As a thriving community theatre, The Questors is committed to discovering and developing new writing talent. We invite writers based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland to submit scripts during one of our dedicated submission windows. We open these twice a year so that we can manage the volume of scripts and respond to you in a timely way. Keep an eye on our website for details of the next window.
As part of our continued commitment to diversifying our programmes and membership and in support of the objectives of our Diversity and Inclusion Group, we welcome plays from all British and Irish writers regardless of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or gender. We particularly welcome submissions from Black and Asian writers as they are currently under-represented in our organisation. We also welcome scripts with strong roles for women.
We do not accept scripts of plays that have previously been produced professionally.
We receive a huge number of submissions. To allow for easier reading and faster consideration, please follow the requirements below when sending us your work:
- remove your name and any personal details from the script itself;
- preface the script with a list of characters;
- follow the standard layout for theatre plays as published by Faber, Methuen, Oberon, Nick Hern Books or any of the other established houses
- place character names to the left-hand side of the dialogue (as opposed to the screenplay layout which has names in the centre of the page);
- add any stage directions in brackets and in italics;
- number all pages and title any acts and scenes clearly;
- try to avoid a break of a character’s line across a page (unless a long monologue);
If your play uses songs, music or references from other well-known works, do consider this in advance. Direct quotes and usage can lead to copyright, legal or contractual issues and unforeseen expenses.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU SUBMIT?
Submissions are read in anonymous form then discussed and reviewed by the New Writing Group, which includes directors, actors and writers. We will always inform you of the outcome. The large volume of submissions means this can take about 3 months.
In normal times next steps might be one or more of the following:
- a full production in either our 200-400–seat Playhouse or our 80-100–seat Studio Theatre (for a fully realised work of exceptional quality and originality);
- a staged reading, script in hand, for one night as part of our QExtra programme (for a largely finished piece of work which is ready for independent interpretation by a director and performers);
- a table read with the writer present and with feedback (for a play that needs some revision but where there is clear potential)
- resubmission after feedback (where the writing shows promise but there are fundamental issues to be resolved)
- request for examples of other writing (where the writing shows promise but we are unable to produce the play submitted, for whatever reason)
- informing you that we not wish to take the submission any further. We are unable to enter into conversation about plays in this category.
At the start of 2020, during lockdown, we experimented with other ways to develop and produce plays, including Zoom performances and audio recordings. We have found these to be really successful in helping writers develop their scripts.