Catalyst 2019

Callout for writers & directors aged 18-25

Catalyst is the cornerstone of our commitment to new writing for the theatre. This residential project offers in-depth professional development to young writers and directors.

If you have a passion for theatre, past writing / directing experience, and keen to produce new work, we invite you to apply.

To those selected, we offer the chance to work with a team of professional actors, and highly experienced writing and directing mentors in a safe and supportive space, to develop and showcase new scripts. Places are strictly limited, and the work will be intensive, challenging and exciting.

Participation is free of charge, and full board and lodging is provided.

The residency runs from Monday 1 April – Friday 12 April 2019.  There will be a public sharing of the work produced on Friday 12 April as a key part of our Alchymy Festival of New Writing (12 – 14 April 2019). You will need to be free for the entire duration in order to take part.

How To Apply:

Download the relevant application form below.

Send it, along with your CV and any other requested attachments / information (see below) to Sherrell Perkin at The North Wall, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN, or e-mail An electronic signature is fine at this stage.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to apply for both roles on the residency. If you wish to apply both as a Writer and Director, you will need to submit two separate applications, and can only be selected for one of the roles.

Young Writers

You will need to submit one or a maximum of two short scripts / script extracts (max 10 pages per script) alongside your application.

If selected to take part, you will be expected to come with some material prepared, but be aware that your script is likely to develop further during the residency.

Download Young Writers Application Form

Young Directors

You should submit any images, showreels, descriptions and/or reviews of past projects along with your application. Successful applicants may have the chance to work with both new and existing scripts.

Download Young Directors Application Form

What Next?

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 November 2018.

Any questions, please contact Sherrell Perkin at The North Wall on 01865 319457 or email

Once applications are processed, we will aim to be in contact with you to discuss the residency in further detail. We look forward to receiving your applications!

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