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Scratch That

Apply by Monday 17th August
Mentoring to begin week commencing 14 September

About the show

What is Scratch That?

Scratch That is a new artist development programme for writers aged 18+ designed to amplify the bold voices of emerging talent from all walks of life. Theatre Peckham will support you to develop an existing idea and transfer it from the page to the stage in just six weeks.

The programme is led by Resident Directors Emily Aboud and Anthony Simpson-Pike and this open window for submissions is exclusively for Black writers – with a particular focus on writers of Caribbean descent.

Who is this for?

With the recent ground-swelling events catalysed by the murder of George Floyd, compounded with the damming research that has highlighted how Black people in the creative sector have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19, we are opening this submission window to create a space primarily for Black artists.

As part of Theatre Peckham’s ongoing commitment to improving representation on- and off-stage, we will be giving priority to writers from Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth who are typically underrepresented in the sector* – in the acknowledgement of the real yet invisible financial, logistical, cognitive and emotional barriers many creators and makers in London face – especially those who may not have the luxury of being able to work on their craft full- or even part-time.

*This may include but is not limited to individuals who are systemically discriminated against in the theatre industry due to their: ethnicity, gender identification or presentation, sexual orientation and expression, socioeconomic background, learning or behavioural difficulties, mental health challenges or physical ability.

I’m interested, but how does Scratch That actually work?

  • You will submit a piece of writing you’d like to develop and test in front of a live audience at Theatre Peckham’s regular scratch night
  • Our Resident Directors will read through all of the submissions and rank them based off of Theatre Peckham’s Script-Reading & Programming Guidelines
  • The Resident Directors will shortlist and interview 6 writers, 2 of whom will be mentored over six weeks to develop a piece of writing up to 25 pages long
  • Both of the finalists will be paired up with one of our Resident Directors where, over several bespoke one-to-one sessions, your mentor will guide you through the process of developing your writing for performance
  • You will be set several deadlines to write drafts of your script and receive detailed written feedback
  • With Theatre Peckham’s support, you’ll cast a cohort of young actors from our Academy programme and invite desired collaborators to your staged reading
  • Your script will be performed at our professional arts venue in front of an industry audience.

Sounds lit – what are the other benefits of taking part as a writer?

  • An opportunity to receive bespoke feedback on your script from professional dramaturges and directors
  • The ability to develop your confidence, flair and voice as a writer
  • The space to work with a professional theatre director in a rehearsal room with emerging actors
  • You’ll become part of Theatre Peckham’s wider network of Associate Artists, accessing exclusive opportunities once the programme has culminated
  • You will receive £15 expenses per mentoring session to travel to/from Theatre Peckham
  • A platform to test out your work in front of an audience, and the opportunity to discuss it in a relaxed, informal setting.

I don’t write but I’m a young actor, can I take part?

Yes! You’ll be able to:

  • Have an opportunity to perform and gain a credit from a London venue leading the industry in developing emerging talent and nurturing the creativity and skills of young artists
  • Form a relationship with established theatre-makers, with the potential to get offered further work
  • Receive copies of production shots and free headshots offered by a professional portrait photographer
  • Get paid the industry standard actor’s daily fee
  • Establish a long-term connection with a venue committed to producing more new writing and performance focusing on young, culturally diverse talent.

Say no more, I’m sold – so how do I submit my work and will I get feedback?

  • Submit with one script or an excerpt from a longer piece that is no more than 20 pages, along with a short synopsis of the piece
  • Attach a short statement that details who you are, what you do, why you do it and why you feel like now is the right time for you to take part in Scratch That; please keep this to 250 words or fewer. If you are based in Southwark, Lewisham or Lambeth please include this in your statement
  • Send your most recent copy of your CV.

Please send your application in one PDF document to with the subject line “Scratch That Application – <Your Name>”. Your statement can also be sent in by voice note (.mp3 file) in the same email as the application for those who prefer this format. If you wish to submit your application in an alternative format, please contact our Associate Director on

Deadline for applications are 6pm, Monday 17 August. Interviews with the shortlisted writers will take place week commencing 24 August, with the mentoring to begin week commencing 14 September. Good luck!