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SONAR is back, and this time we're in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Have an idea for a new play and not sure what to do with it?
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 five playwrights:

1. Feedback on your play idea.

2. A meeting with our team to help generate material, bounce around ideas, and stimulate your writing.

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

4. Feedback on the first draft of your play at some point in the future.


All applications will get some feedback from the team.

Applicants must be residents or citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

 "SONAR restored my confidence in the piece, and as a writer. They genuinely cared about the work, my practice, and its development.”

"It was a generous and engaging gift of resources that I’d never experienced before as a writer."

Feedback from last year's participants



Robbie Taylor Hunt - Robbie is a queer Kiwi-Brit director and theatre-maker. With AIRLOCK, he's directed ERIS, WIFE, TUNA and how we love. He's assisted directors on London's West End and Off-West End. 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, and an Intimacy Director with Intimacy for Stage and Screen.

Lexi Clare - From Aotearoa New Zealand, Lexi graduated from Mountview (London) with a MA Performance in 2016. Theatre credits include: Odyssey (Company Of Giants); Much Ado About Nothing (Auckland Summer Shakespeare); and Cow (Auckland Theatre Company). ​Most recently, she co-wrote and performed Game Face, which previewed in London before touring to New Zealand. In 2017, she launched Maiden Speech, a dynamic theatre festival that provides a platform to showcase the boldest new work from a new generation of theatre-makers. She worked as Assistant Producer for Antic Productions on the UK premiere of Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties (Southwark Playhouse), an all-female queer comedy nominated for six Off-West End awards.


Please email an application (in one Word or PDF document) 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 100-300 words.

  • A short bio about you.

  • Maximum 5 page extract of your writing. This does not have to be a script for this particular idea. Instead, it should be some writing that you feel represents you as a playwright (ideally theatre, but could be other work).

  • Deadline 31st July 2020.


If you have accessibility requirements that mean there's a different way you'd like to apply (i.e. video) then please do. Feel free to get in touch to discuss this further.


Any questions do let us know. We look forward to hearing from you! 


Stefan Alderson
Emma Maguire
Indigo Paul
Ben Moore
Emilie Hope


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