Masterclass announce the winning scripts from their playwriting scheme ‘Pitch Your Play’ and showcase the work of playwrights in West End showcase.

The future of theatre relies on today’s generation having the opportunities and support to go forward and create. As such, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust have brought back their successful Pitch Your Play scheme for 2018 which invites people aged 16-30 to pitch for the opportunity to stage a reading of a new, unpublished play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In addition, the three winning pitches will receive four weeks of admin support, marketing provision, rehearsal space, office space and creative guidance to hone their ideas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

In spring this year Masterclass received nearly 200 applications for the scheme and last week invited 6 teams to pitch their plays to the 2018 panel consisting of director Pooja Ghai, producer Vicky Graham and Masterclass’ Programmer Hazel Kerr.

Speaking about her experience of Pitch Your Play, Vicky Graham said:

“It was a privilege to meet this year’s finalists of the Masterclass Pitch Your Play scheme. Coming from all corners of the UK, each of the six teams showed thrilling talent, vision and originality. I look forward to following the careers of all of the shortlisted artists, and to hearing the winning plays read on the Theatre Royal Haymarket stage in the autumn.”

Pitch Your Play 2018 Winners: Indigo Griffiths, Wendy Dickinson and Matthew Gabrielli,

Pitch Your Play 2018 Winners: Indigo Griffiths, Wendy Dickinson and Matthew Gabrielli,

Masterclass’ 2018 Pitch Your Play season will open with Penny’s From Huddersfield by Wendy Dickinson on Friday 28 September, followed by Zombiegate by Matthew Gabrielli on Friday 26 October and finally Passing by Indigo Griffiths on Friday 23 November. Each reading will take place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with tickets completely free and open to all.

To have my work on a West End stage at this point in my career is a fantastic opportunity

Speaking about the opportunity Indigo Griffiths said:

“I am beyond thrilled to have been accepted onto Masterclass’s Pitch Your Play Scheme. As an emerging writer, to have my work on a West End stage at this point in my career is a fantastic opportunity and I’m so grateful to Masterclass and the 2018 panel. I’m excited to not only share Passing with a wide audience, but for the exposure and development that taking part in Pitch Your Play will offer.”

The Masterclass Pitch Your Play initiative is generously supported by the Noel Coward Foundation.