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**This open call closes on 3rd June 2019**

***Absurding the Surface applications will re-open later in the year***

Scratching the Surface is BACK at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub this Summer AND Autumn:

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:


3rd August 2019 - Scratching the Surface

A good-old Scratching the Surface, bringing together a variety of contrasting yet complimentary scenes into a one-off production, celebrating new writing and emerging artists. A loose theme will be picked based on the successful scenes, but we invite writers to submit anything and everything!

19th October 2019 – Absurding the Surface

A night of the absurd, surreal and strange, rolled into one spooky Halloween sensation. We invite writers to submit anything which they feel fits this theme, if you consider it absurd, then we want to read it!

We are looking for between 6-8 pieces by different writers for each night (can be extracts from longer plays, monologues or short plays), no longer than 10 minutes each and including up to 4 characters/actors.

Scratching the Surface is a place for growth, learning and professional experience. It’s also a great space to meet and work with like-minded creatives!


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 an existing Google account:

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

All else will be explained in the forms!

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

We look forward to reading your scripts!

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