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**This open call closes on 19th June 2019**

Scratching the Surface is BACK at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub on Saturday 3rd August 2019!

The concept of Scratching the Surface is to provide a platform for new writing and emerging artists. We strongly believe that quality is not dependent on big budgets, and our past (sold out!) new writing nights have proven that professional theatre can be made with collaboration, commitment, and a lot of enjoyment!

Below is a little collection of audience feedback from our past new writing nights:

“#TRENDING sells out, and deservedly so!”

“...topical, fringe theatre at its best. Watch out for the UnDisposables.”

“[Scratching the Surface] was a truly brilliant first show for the company - I think they have a truly bright future ahead of them.”

"A wonderful opportunity to see new writing, great selection"

“Great acting, very committed. Very good texts.”

You can see photos of past productions of Scratching the Surface in our Archive here:


There will be 8 scenes and shorts of varying genres by different writers. We need a company of actors and team of directors to bring these exciting new gems to life!

This is an opportunity for everyone involved to challenge themselves and learn something new.

Director? Why not take on a scene outside of your usual comfort zone.

Actor? How about you exercise those acting muscles with a brand new character.

Scratching the Surface is a place for growth, learning and professional experience (you can add your involvement to all relevant casting sites and CVs!). It’s also a great space to meet and work with like-minded and wonderful creatives.

You can be involved in one or two scenes, and can apply as both an actor and director in the same application. We will consider you for everything you apply for, but you may not be guaranteed all the roles you apply for.


We have created a quick and easy Google form for you to complete.

There are two versions of the form so make sure you select the correct one.

This form is for all applicants who have a Google account:

...and this form is for everyone who can't/doesn't want to create a Google account:

Actors will also need to include link to their show reel. Don’t have one? Worry not! Just include a short self-tape in your application. Webcams and phone videos are totally fine! We won’t be judging on film quality, we just want to get a better sense of who you are.

All else will be explained in the forms.

Once you've applied, please then fill in our short Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form:

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. You can contact us at*

*please only use this address for asking questions and submitting documents, not instead of the Google Form. If you send your full application to the email and not on the Google form, your submission may not be considered.

The deadline is 19th June at 2pm, so don’t delay! The application form realty is easy, so don’t put of applying.

One final thing… do us a favour, give this opportunity a share with everyone and anyone you think would be interested! The more the merrier!

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