Criterion New Writing, which is free of charge to participants, has grown from strength to strength. Since 2015, when the programme was launched, over 100 playwrights have completed the course with a number of showcased plays now in commercial development.
Applications for Criterion New Writing 2024 are CLOSED.
Applications for CNW 2025 will open on 1 September 2024 with a closing date of Sunday 13 October 2024 at midnight. Further details on how to apply will be published in the Summer of 2024. Please do not send applications in before this date.
The course is free to join and the Criterion Theatre Trust will pay travel expenses of up to £20 per session on presentation of valid receipts.
Each CNW group will welcome six writers to the stage of the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus for a sequence of six highly focused story and script development sessions.
Actors will be present in weeks 3,4,5 and 6 to read and work with the writers.
Criterion New Writing Showcases 2023
This year, showcases will take place on Fridays 20th October, 3rd November and 17th November at 2pm.
We will be selecting 6 extracts of 40-45 minutes - each date showcasing two of the writers work. The sessions are free to attend.
Friday 20th October:
Matter by Grace Chapman
The Limit by Nick Myles
Friday 3rd November:
My Father’s Toyshop by Cressida Peever
Life Underwater by Laura Horton
Friday 17th November:
Keep in Mind by Fran Bushe
George by Léa des Garets
If you have any questions regarding the CNW programme, please contact Fiona Callaghan: [email protected]