Searching for new plays: PlayPen


Scriptography Productions is working with Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Writing for Performance Group on the PlayPen project throughout 2017.

The project will allow writers to submit the first twenty minutes of play by 6th January. The plays will be presented to audiences on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March. Audience will then choose the play or plays to move through for development. The chosen play will be presented in the Autumn programme at the Arts Centre as a pilot project in development. Additional writers may also be selected for support in developing the start of plays into full length plays.

Thursday 16th March and Friday 17th March

Do you have an idea for a play? Do you have a half-written play sitting in a drawer? If you do then Playpen is for you.

Playpen is an opportunity for writers to have their plays supported through development and writing into a full length play. The project is developed by Scriptography Productions and Aberystwyth Arts Centre working with the Writing for Performance Group. The project is open to all writers resident in Ceredigion – if you are interested in submitting a play then send the first twenty minutes of the play to by 6th January 2017.

On the 16th and 17th March the selected short plays will be presented and the audience will be asked to vote on which they think should be developed further. With no restrictions on theme, subject or style these evenings promise to offer two evenings of diverse and highly entertaining theatre.

As part of Playpen there will be three day-long workshops aimed to develop the skills needed to write a full length play including developing characters, structure, writing dialogue and rewriting. There will also be a workshop session offering the chance for writers to see how a director and actors develop a play from the very first rehearsal. Workshops will be free to participating writers.

PlayPen Workshops

3 day long courses

Saturday 8th April 10.30 – 4.30
Saturday 13th May 10.30 – 4.30
Saturday 17th June 10.30-4.30

£15 (£13) each – all three courses £30 (£28)

Saturday 8th April 10.30 – 4.30
Course 1: Developing an idea and Building Characters
Practical Exercises to take the beginnings of an idea and develop it into the material to make a full length narrative play including theme, style and creating characters.

Saturday 13th May 10.30 – 4.30
Course 2: Developing a structure
Exploring various techniques to develop structure for a narrative play including building from idea, characterisation and style and how to use various structure techniques including classic story structure, film and television structure.

Saturday 13th May 10.30 – 4.30
Course 3: Rewriting – making your play a great play
Exploring techniques to take your play from page to stage and improve dialogue, structure and style.
All courses taught by Sandra Bendelow who is a writer and theatre producer. She is currently on seed commission with National Theatre Wales and has a play in development for Dirty Protest Theatre. Her play ‘One Hour and Forty Five Minutes’ was performed at Royal Court Theatre for Dirty Protest Theatre and ‘Poo Karma and Arctic Exploration’ was performed at Wales Millennium Centre by Agent 160. She also teaches scriptwriting courses for Aberystwyth University School of Education and Lifelong Learning.


Rules for submitted plays

Submissions should be the first twenty minutes of a full length play.

Plays should be correctly formatted. Though theatre format is not as restricted as television and film there is a standard format which creates a script which is easier for actors to read which allows dialogue and stage directions to be differentiated easily. This is a suggested format to use

There are no restrictions on theme, subject or style

There are no restrictions on cast size.

All writers must be resident in Ceredigion and able to attend workshops and development sessions.

Please send all scripts to

The deadline is 6th January 2017.


Terms and Conditions
All copyright remains with the writer.

There is no fee payable for scripts chosen , the project is intended as a development project for writers offering writers the chance to develop their skills in a supportive environment.