Black Theatre Live


Critical Mass 2018

4 June 2018

The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry has a strong commitment to representing the diversity of the city’s communities, and for the last few years has been working hard to build links with local BAMER groups. Whilst the representation of BAMER communities in our existing groups is largely reflective of the city ratios, the voices of these communities are rarely heard since they are always a minority voice within a group. So the theatre’s Critical Mass playwriting scheme, aiming to develop writers from within the local community, is one of our running targeted projects that seeks to provide a platform for new voices.

Critical Mass is a free playwriting programme run at the Belgrade Theatre for writers aged 18+ from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee backgrounds. In partnership with Euphoric Ink and in association with Tamasha Theatre Company. Previous participants have gone on to have their plays workshopped or performed as rehearsed readings and beyond, including Red Snapper by Liz Mytton, which became a full stage production at the Belgrade Theatre in Spring 2016. There are a limited number of places available, which will be allocated to the writers who submit the best work. The programme will run from September to December 2018 for one evening a week.

Applications are now open

To apply, please submit up to 10 pages of writing intended for performance. This may be an extract from something already written or something completely new. If you are stuck, there is a writing exercise to the left to give you some ideas. Please also download and complete the Submission Information Form, available on the left of this page.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 June

Applications should be emailed along with your name and telephone number to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Critical Mass Submission –FAO C&E’. Alternatively, you can apply by handing in two hard copies of your submission at the theatre box office or by posting them to:

Critical Mass Submission – FAO C&E
Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Square
Coventry, CV1 1GS

For any more information, email Charles Ingram at [email protected] or call 024 7684 6741. We look forward to hearing from you!