Funding Opportunity

NOVA Playwriting Seed Commission

NOVA is a seed commission for writers of South Asian heritage or connections offered by Tara Theatre to submit and explore ideas inspired by the themes of Tara Theatre’s future seasons.  

Themes for our future seasons include:

Climate Emergency  

  • “displacement & migration…” 
  • “Political hypocrisy & agendas…” 
  • “Climate justice & reconnecting with our natural world…

War and Protest  

  • “Post-colonial impact…” 
  • “Radicalization…”  
  • “Catalyzing change…”


  • “Automation vs autonomy…” 
  • “Virtual vs reality…”  
  • “A.I and the future…” 

If you have a piece of work that sits outside these themes but you believe to be politically activated, please feel free to submit. 

What is our offer?

  • A paid seed commission of £1,500
  • Writing Masterclass and dramaturgical support from a professional playwright and our in-house artistic team 
  • Opportunities to speak to our marketing and producing team 
  • In-kind space at Tara Theatre to write and develop your work 
  • A period of development of your work from page to stage culminating in a public performance led by a team of professional directors and actors at Tara Theatre 
  • Facilitated audience feedback for future development of the work 
  • Networking and producing opportunities 

We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, skills and stories to join us and influence and develop our working practice. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates from Global Majority backgrounds and candidates who self-identify as disabled and neurodiverse. All candidates who self-identify as disabled who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria will be invited for interview. Tara Theatre is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

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