Over nine months the Mercury, in association with Josef Weinberger Plays, guide and mentor the writers through the process of creating their own full-length play or piece of theatre.
For more information about how to apply for this course please email us.
To ensure we tell the most dynamic and varied stories, we are particularly keen to hear from writers who are underrepresented in the industry whether that be by class, disability, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.
20 / 21 PLAYWRIGHTS
A director, writer and actor based in Redbridge who is best known for his role as Essad in the Golden Globe nominated film, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
A writer and director who won the Mercury Theatre’s Poetry Slam in May 2020.
A playwright and actress from Essex whose first play Jollof Court was performed at the Lyric Hammersmith and had a sold-out run at the VAULT Festival 2020.
A writer, director and performer from Walton on the Naze who recently performed her autobiographical piece Unhinged at Colchester Arts Centre.
A playwright from Witham who was one of the winners of the Mercury Monologue competition.
A playwright from Essex whose plays have been performed at the Sherman Theatre.
A writer based in Holt, currently working on an LGBTQ themed pantomime for Norwich Playhouse.
A writer based in Colchester and an associate artist at the Mercury Theatre.
A director and playwright from Rainham who is also Artistic Director of Caspa Arts, providing actor training for under-represented voices.
An actress and writer from Clacton-On-Sea who wrote BBC Radio 4 comedy Roots starring Vicky McClure.
A writer from Southend whose work has been staged at the Park Theatre and Lyric Theatre.
A theatre practitioner and artist living in Felixstowe who leads Youth Theatres and Musical Tuition across Essex and Suffolk.
An actor and playwright from Colchester whose play Perhaps? was recently performed at a Mercury Theatre Scratch Night.
An actress and writer based in King’s Lynn who is also a Tamasha Developing Artist.