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CASTING - Pitch Your Play 2023

July 23, 2023

We are inviting Masterclass members to apply to take part in the R&D and rehearsed readings of this year's Pitch Your Play award-winning scripts!

Each cast will have four days of rehearsal (21-24 August) before performing as part of a festival of new writing at The Other Palace (25 August).

We would love to meet performers and directors with experience in new writing. Experience in R&D and/or workshopping text is desirable.

Production Details

Rehearsals: Monday 21 August – Thursday 24 August @ Theatre Deli (London)

Rehearsed Readings: Friday 25 August @ The Other Palace (London)

Fee: £545

Casting Details

Closing date for applications: 23 July 2023

Round 1: Self Tape

Round 2: Zoom Meeting

The Cleaner by Kate Reid

A dystopian two-hander with flashes of dark comedy.

Set in the USA in an apocalyptic future not too distant from our own, Violet and Richard are strangers who meet at the worst moment of their lives. She is an anonymous cleaner and he is the most powerful man in the world. And they have one hour inside a locked room to decide whether they should sacrifice one life for the greater good. But as they start to learn more about each other, they realise that neither one of them is in control of the situation - and that they’re being watched by the people who are.

The Cleaner started as a short piece that was commissioned by The Miniaturists and performed at Arcola Theatre. It was developed into a full play during the pandemic through zoom readings and workshops with the Dramatists Guild of America and with the Masterclass Script Sessions. The full script was then selected by Traverse Theatre for their First Stages Festival up in Edinburgh in March 2022. The redrafted version was finally submitted for Pitch Your Play in November last year and has been developed into this latest draft over the past nine months, with the help and guidance of the Masterclass team..

Corpselight by Daniel Grimston

An investigation of intergenerational queerness, and its differences, in a farming family. Viv is bringing her first girlfriend, Ella, home to the farm where she grew up, to meet the parents, Tom and Kay, she hasn't seen for a long time and to pay respects to her dad's best-friend-come-lover whose death she missed. What she finds is a farm in decay, a marriage collapsing and a house where the ghosts of the past play in the shadows of the present. Her coming out has forced Tom and Kay to ask questions about who they really are, what their marriage really is, and how they really want to live. Will this family survive?

Corpselight is written by Daniel Grimston and was developed at Masterclass as part of Script Scratch (London) and at RADA (London).

Sentence by Gabrielle Nellis-Pain

'Sentence' follows the unlikely friendship between Andre, a middle aged man who has been on death row in California for the majority of his life, and Amy, an almost thirty year old widow living back at her mum's house in London. Inspired by real letters exchanged with death row inmates over the past decade, 'Sentence' explores two opposing worlds that collide, and the common ground that is found in love, loneliness and life in the face of death.

'Sentence' is written by Gabrielle Nellis-Pain. It is her debut play.

TRIGGER WARNING: This script features references to violence including sexual violence, incest and child abuse, drug use and addiction.

To read the casting breakdowns and apply, please click this link


We are looking for a Director, from our Masterclass under 30s members, who has experience staging and doing R&D with new writing. The successful candidate will need to be comfortable working with actors of different ages and working closely with the writer. We are particularly interested in hearing from Black directors.

To read the Director specification and apply, please click this link

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