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voices in the dark 2020


Dear all wonderful resilient creatives,


In light of the recent events, we have decided to extend our submission deadline for 14 days, to Friday 3rd April at 4pm. 


We hope this will bring some positive inspiration and creative comfort during this difficult time.


Looking forward to hearing from all who can and wish to submit something. Thank you to all the incredible writers who have submitted their work so far.


Best wishes, everyone stay safe (and sane!), 

Serin and Cassie 💜


Following the success of our inaugural new writing initiative Voices In The Dark 2018, we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for Voices in The Dark 2020 #TakeTwo.


We are on the hunt for the most exciting new writing that the UK has to offer. 


After a nationwide call-out, Voices in the Dark 2020 will feature a selection of 6 short plays from emerging writers that seek to explore some of the most pertinent socio-political issues affecting the UK today, staged in one night at Greenwich Theatre.


The night will provide a platform for up and coming writers with all work presented by a company of professional directors and actors.


This is a great new writing opportunity for the creative community. Pieces will be selected by an industry panel including Matilda James and Hanna Lingman from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, James Haddrell from Greenwich Theatre alongside our own Artistic and Outreach Directors. Further panel members to be confirmed.


Selected pieces will be performed on 3rd June 2020 at Greenwich Theatre for an audience of industry professionals and general public.




Please email your short play by 4:00pm on Friday 3rd April 2020 to, quoting Voices In The Dark 2020 and the name of the script in the subject line. 


The Brief


We are interested in championing and producing work that represents the real social and political issues affecting our society today, and are interested in the link between our identity and our history (whatever that may mean to you). 




  • Plays/stand alone extracts which require no further explanation as part of a longer play.

  • Entries must not exceed 15 minutes in running time. 

  • Entries must be written to be performed by no more than 4 people.

  • Entries must not have been published or have already had a fully staged production.

  • Writers must be based in the UK.

  • Please note that we will only be accepting one script submission per person - any multiple scripts received will not be considered.



Organisers: CultureClash Theatre 


Industry Panel:

Matilda James (Producer - The Globe)

Hanna Lingman (Touring and Events Assistant - The Globe)

James Haddrell (Artistic Director - Greenwich Theatre) 

Serin Ibrahim (Artistic Director - CultureClash Theatre)

Cassandra Hercules (Outreach Director - CultureClash Theatre)

We welcome submissions from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.


For more information on Voices In The Dark 2018, CLICK HERE

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