Catalyst 2020

Catalyst is the cornerstone of our commitment to new writing for the theatre.

We are on the lookout for early-career playwrights and directors aged 18 – 25 to join us for two intensive weeks, from 23 March – 3 April. You will be working with professional actors, and directing and writing mentors to create new work, with extracts to be presented as part of Alchymy Festival 2020.

This is a free residency, with accommodation and all meals provided.

How to Apply

The application process for this project is now closed

For further information, please download Information for Catalyst Applicants document.

For information about an existing application, please email Abie Walton, Projects and Participation Officer:


ArtsLab Graduates say:

“It’s been so great to forge new connections and collaborations… Working so intensively with such a talented and lovely bunch of people has provided me with a new network of people that I’ll be able to collaborate with in the future, as we all grow artistically.” Catalyst Writer

“I’ve gained confidence in my skills as a director; learning from other directors and actors that I am good at running a rehearsal room has given me the impetus to carry on and to keep pushing to reach the next stage in my career.”  Catalyst Director

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