In partnership with Silent Uproar
Supported by Richard Bean

A scratch night for Hull writers

Launched in 2020, Out Loud is a new scratch night for writers in Hull to see and hear their scripts performed by professional actors in front of a friendly audience for the first time. The night is a collaboration between Middle Child and Silent Uproar, kindly funded by Hull playwright Richard Bean.

Anything goes form and content-wise, but we are particularly interested in seeing stories about Hull and the north, with space for four 15 minute scripts at each evening.

Our audience includes Middle Child and Silent Uproar company members and associate artists, as well as other Hull theatre makers, invited through our artist development mailing list, making it a supportive environment in which to share early stage writing.

The next event was scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th May. Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, we are now looking at how we can do this digitally instead to ensure that it can go ahead. Submissions are now open.

What you get

Middle Child and Silent Uproar will read all entered scripts with writer’s names removed, then choose four and cast local, paid actors to perform them on the night.

Middle Child artistic director, Paul Smith, and Silent Uproar artistic director, Alex Mitchell, plus two more guest directors will work with actors during a day of rehearsals.

That means as a chosen writer you can simply turn up to the sharing and see your work brought to life with a ‘fresh’ set of eyes and ears. Writers will also receive a fee of £50.

There will also be the option of feedback from Alex Mitchell and Paul Smith, as well as Middle Child associate artist, Tom Wells.


Submissions deadline: 10am Monday 30 March

Scratch night: Saturday 9 May (tbc)

Who can apply

Playwrights aged 18 or above living in Hull and the surrounding area.

How to apply

To apply please send us no more than 10 pages of your script to jamie@middlechildtheatre.co.uk before 10am on Monday 23 March. Scripts can either be complete short pieces, or excerpts of a longer play.

Please note that we can only accept scripts that can be performed by no more than four actors.

Scripts will be passed to Alex Mitchell and Paul Smith, with names removed to be read anonymously. All applicants will be informed whether they have been successful or not by Friday 24 April.

Writers are welcome to send scripts that were previously submitted to the January event.