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We offer a variety of opportunities to budding playwrights based in and around Reading.
Whether you’re looking to meet like-minded people, join a workshop, or even see your writing performed on stage!



Reading Playwrights

Reading Playwrights

Launched in 2019, Reading Playwrights is now a thriving community of writers based in and around Reading. We host a mix of monthly workshops, short courses, and feedback groups. Currently running online via Zoom. Our aim is to offer amateur and pre-industry playwrights opportunities to develop, and a community in which to grow their writing practice.

All workshops are free of charge and open to beginner and more experienced writers. To take part, you must be 18+ and live within 20 miles of Progress Theatre, Reading.


Feedback from previous participants:

"Even if you've never written a play before, this course will give you the confidence and the motivation to get started."

"Friendly environment, positive feedback, no pressure to share, able to listen and encourage each other."

"Helped me get my inspiration back."

"Thank you for a wonderfully helpful course it's deffo boosted my confidence."

"It's such a gift to share your practice with others and Reading Playwrights has really shown me how heartening and productive that can be."


Our events have limited places and book up fast! Sign up to the dedicated Reading Playwrights mailing list and be the first to hear about new events:

For more information email: [email protected]



Scratch Reading

Scratch Reading
Hosted by Progress Theatre, Scratch Reading is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring writers of all levels, as well as a great evening out for those who love new writing and want to support local talent.
A series of brand-new scripts are performed at each event, providing a great opportunity for playwrights to see their work onstage. Scripts are rehearsed in the afternoon and performed in the evening (script in hand). The performances are then followed by a discussion and Q&A session with the audience, to give the authors valuable feedback.
For more information, please email: [email protected]




Started in 2006, Progress Theatre hosts an annual open competition for aspiring Reading-based playwrights. Every year 6-8 plays are selected to be performed onstage as part of a varied evening of entertainment.
This annual festival of new writing is now over a decade old, and a consistently popular staple of our season programming.
Apart from assessing which scripts are stage-ready, we select plays based on length (20 minutes or less) and genre, as we need to be able to create a combination of works that will fit into a single production. We will also provide constructive feedback to writers wherever we can, and often encourage writers to resubmit their work the following year.
The submissions window for WriteFest is usually February - March each year. For more information, please email: [email protected]