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Have an idea for a new play and not sure what to do with it? Had a successful scene shown at a scratch night but struggling with what the full play is? Have the seed of a concept but need some help to flesh it out?


We've got you covered! Come and sound out your ideas with SONAR.


We're looking for early stage concepts of new plays that are yet to have a full script written.


We're offering one playwright:

  1. Thoughts on your fledgling play from the AIRLOCK team and a meeting to bounce ideas around.

  2. A development workshop for your concept with actors, to help generate material and stimulate your writing.

  3. Ongoing encouragement, support, and responses as your full script comes together!


The ten shortlisted applications will get detailed feedback from the AIRLOCK team.


We encourage anyone to apply but are particularly interested in getting ideas from and/or about LGBTQIA+ people, regardless of whether queerness manifests in the work. 



Robbie Taylor Hunt (Artistic Director) - Robbie is a queer Kiwi-Brit director. With AIRLOCK, he's directed ERIS and WIFE, and is now working on TUNA.  He's read new scripts for the Mercury Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and the Arcola Queer Collective, and run R&D workshops for new plays by Rosanna Suppa, John King, Tom Stutchfield, Lily Staff, and more. He's an Associate Director for Flux Theatre's Flux Gym. 

Rosanna Suppa (Associate Artist) - Rosanna is a writer and performer who loves to let queer and working class stories take up space. She began writing with the Cambridge Footlights. Recent credits include her darkly comic play TUNA; contributions to CARE (NYT); and two queer comedy webseries: Brood (online) and Bed & Bridget (post-production). 

- John King (Associate Artist) - John is a director and playwright, working in Dublin and London. Recently, he directed Summertime (Dublin Fringe Festival, Drogheda Arts Festival, Abbey Theatre Young Curators' Festival), and was an assistant director on Studio Theatre's 2018-19 season in Washington, DC. AIRLOCK produced his first play, ERIS, at the Bunker Theatre in September 2018.

Catja Hamilton (Technical Designer) - Catja is a Lighting Designer and Researcher. She has designed and assisted on nearly 30 productions, including a European tour of Hamlet and a UK tour of Maklena. She holds an MA in Shakespeare Studies awarded by King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe, and has previously worked as a Research Assistant on a number of Globe productions.


Please send us an application to with the following:

  • A description of your idea. This may refer to your current thoughts on plot, characters, style and themes, or the big questions that you want to tackle with the piece. This should be about half a page, but if that's too much and its a very fledgling idea then no problem!

  • A short bio about you, what kind of theatre you're passionate about, and what you hope to get out of SONAR.

  • Maximum 5 pages of your writing. If you have some script for the specific idea you're applying with, please send that, even if you feel it's not your best writing. If you are yet to write any of the script, please send us an extract of your writing (ideally theatre, but could be other work).


If you have accessibility requirements that mean there's a different way you'd like to apply (i.e. video) then please feel free.

The deadline has now closed for SONAR, please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter for updates on future opportunities. 

Congratulations to our selected plays for SONAR, being workshopped in November 2019: 
#PersianGirls by Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi
Medusa in Croydon by Wendy Haines

Our shortlist: 
Devil's Chord by Poppy Pedder
19 Stitches in Camberwell by Alistair Wilkinson 
Felt by Pip Williams 
Like Cat and Dog by Rogério Corrêa
When It All Turns To Dust by Iona McTaggart

Morveren by Kate Webster
Dandy of the End Times by Arden Fitzroy
Panspermia by Jack Albert Cook

Night Shift by Sarah Arreza-Stephenson

Doctor by Toby King 

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