HighTide Festival Theatre, an engine room for discovering new playwrights and producing their plays, has passionately placed playwrights at the heart of our year round work since 2007 and we continue to commit to the development, production and advocacy for exceptional new voices in the UK and internationally. 

JUST ANNOUNCED: Playwriting Workshops in association with IdeasTap Inspries

We are offering 300 writers the chance to attend a free two-hour playwriting workshop.

The workshops will take place between December 2014 and February 2015 at six venues in Bristol, Ipswich, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and Sheffield. 

For more information on the specific workshops and details on how to apply just click on the links below:

Sheffield Theatres: Wednesday 3 December 2014, workshop leader Sarah Grochala

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich: Thursday 22January 2015, workshop leader Luke Barnes

Oxford Playhouse: Friday 30 January 2015, workshop leader Zoe Lewis

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester: Saturday 7 February 2015, workshop leader Steven Atkinson

Bristol Old Vic: Saturday 14 February 2015, workshop leader Jack Lowe

Northern Stage, Newcastle: Friday 27 February 2015, workshop leader Alex Chisholm


Submit a Play

At HighTide we pride ourselves on discovering new playwrights and giving their play a world-class production. If you are a playwright looking for your big-break, then we want to read the best unproduced play you have.

For further information on script submissions, literary events and more about playwriting at HighTide, visit our Literary Microsite on IdeasTap.

Submit a play to HighTide 2015 via IdeasTap is Now Closed. Thanks to all who applied; judging is now underway. For further details of the HighTide/IdeasTap partnership and for news on future briefs please click here.

Escalator Plays 

Escalator plays is for playwrights, based in or keen to develop their writing in the East of England and who define their practice as theatre, or writing for live performance.