Stratford theatre launches scheme to find new writing talent

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Theatre Royal Stratford East - Credit: Archant

Theatre Royal Stratford East has partnered up with Perfect Pitch for a scheme which will see a new British writing team awarded with a £12,000 prize fund.

Both theatre companies have teamed up to introduce the Perfect Pitch Award for Musical Theatre Writing in a bid to find the best new writing talent.

The scheme encourages writers to apply as individuals. Successful candidates will be paired up with a collaborator to work on a 10 minute pitch of a new musical.

The pitch will then be presented in front of a panel of experienced industry judges.

The final pitching event will take place in February next year. The winning team will be awarded the £12,000 prize fund and will be tasked with writing a full draft of a new show in a 12-month period, with a view to having the piece presented in a professional staged reading or production of the piece.

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Andy Barnes, Executive Director at Perfect Pitch said: “We have been chatting with the team at Theatre Royal Stratford East for a while about working together on a project and after we invited Kerry to sit on the judging panel for our last Award, it felt like a natural progression to collaborate together this time around.”

Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East added: “Creating new musical theatre is a key part of the work we do here so we are always looking to discover new artists to work with.

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“We’re delighted to be partnering Perfect Pitch on this project and hope to find original storytellers that want, like us, to re-fresh the way new musicals are presented.”

For more information on the application process, visit

The final date for applications is July 20.

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