New Writing

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From Mike Bradwell in the 1970s through the years under prolific playwright John Godber, Hull Truck has had an almost exclusive focus on the work of living playwrights and contemporary theatre-makers. In short, new writing is the company’s lifeblood. We are currently reviewing our literary policy so as to better serve the writers whose scripts we have received, and to help with the professional development of those we wish to work with now and in the future. It is vital, as we write the next chapter of the company’s history, that we continue to discover, nurture and develop playwrights and their plays.


We run a number of initiatives which support writers and their work:

  • Playwright groups 
    Peer-led groups that meet regularly. The aim of each group is to develop each writer's craft through discussion, debate, reading and workshopping. Current groups include a core group of regional writers, a young writers group for the under 18s, and a women's writing group. For more details on these groups, please click here.
  • Courses 
    The PlayWrite course is for aspiring, non-professional writers. It is run as part of Hull Truck's commitment to finding the writing voices of the future. Details of the next course can be found here.
  • Script-in-hand (A Play, a Pie and a Pint) readings
    Monthly readings of new plays, usually at an advanced stage of development, allowing the writer to work with a director and actors for 2-3 days and to present the work-in-progress to an audience. To find out more about these evenings, please click here.
  • Young Playwrights Festival. Sponsored by First Hull Trains, this annual Festival is a chance for young writers to experience their work performed by the Hull Truck Youth Theatre on the Hull Truck stage. More details about the Young Playwrights Festival 2014 will be available soon.

  • Submissions policy

In order to better focus on the work already received, it is necessary to temporarily suspend receipt of unsolicited scripts. Any scripts received before October 31st 2013 will be read and reported on in line with our previous policy. Any received after this date, either by post or via e-mail, will remain unread.

We remain committed to developing great writing, and we look forward to sharing our revised submissions policy with you in the coming months. Keep visiting our website for more updates on how we intend to grow relationships with new writers. 

The Writer Support Programme at Hull Truck is developing constantly. If you'd like to be involved, or have any questions, please contact


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