HighTide Script Reading Service

During challenging and isolating times for artists, we are pleased to offer a  service to keep playwrights engaged and moving forwards with their practice. Led by our Artistic Director and newly appointed Associate Artists, throughout this period of shutdown we will be  reading and feeding back on scripts submitted to us during designated submission windows.

The service is open to all UK playwrights however priority will be given to writers who are based in our home region of East of England (Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex) and/or are from socio-economically deprived backgrounds.

“This is a simple gesture, but we hope it’s meaningful for writers out there to know theatre companies remain interested in hearing what they have to say. We’re changing the way reading processes usually work in the UK by making sure writers know who our readers are, handing back some power to those who submit. It feels vital that writers, especially those from marginalised backgrounds, know their work is held carefully and considered by truly diverse, and world-class readers who may share their experiences and perspectives. It feels totally right that this is how we now announce our brand new set of Associate Artists and I’m unbelievably honoured to have Aisha Zia, Chinonyerem Odimba, Chris Sonnex and the incredible team at The Queer House joining me on this journey.” (Suba Das)

Submission Windows

Submission windows of will be open for writers to submit their work to us. Our team of Associate Artists will then read and feedback.

The submission window is now closed. Any scripts received will not be put forward to be read at this time.

The process

Writers can submit their scripts (plays intended for the stage) to us by emailing them to literary@hightide.org.uk.

Our readers will be reading and feeding back on as many scripts as possible.

Writers must include in their email:

      • Script (attached as PDF or Word)
      • Postcode
      • Reader preference (first and second)*
      • Writers must also fill in the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form here


  • *It is important to us that writers feel confident that their work will be read by artists who will best understand and connect with their work. Biographies for each of the readers are provided below and we ask that you note down your first, second, third choice for reader. Of course if you have no preference, that is absolutely fine! You don’t need to put any preference down.Written feedback will be provided via e-mail or voice recording in the weeks following the submission window closing. We cannot guarantee any further feedback or development at this stage.PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the number of submissions received, it may not be possible to provide feedback to every writer in each window. Scripts will be read in the order of submission and priority will be given to writers who are based in our home region of East of England (Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex) and/or are from socio-economically deprived backgrounds.

    HighTide will be administrating all submissions and removing names of scripts before sharing with the readers. Therefore, if you would like to submit your work anonymously please ensure your name is not included in your script file.


    Our readers who will be reading this month are listed below. They are a talented range of diverse artists working in the sector and include writers, directors and producers.

    Chinonyerem Odimba

    Chinonyerem Odimba is a playwright, Theatre director and poet. Her work for theatre includes Joanne and Amongst the Reeds for Clean Break / The Yard, a modern retelling of Twist for Theatre Centre, and Medea at Bristol Old Vic. More recent commissions have seen her work produced at Hampstead Theatre, Kiln Theatre, Live Theatre, and Watermill Theatre and Vaults Festival. Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Adrienne Benham Award, Alfred Fagon Award, and the Bruntwood Playwriting Award. She is winner of the 2018 Sonia Friedman Award for a new play ‘How to Walk on the Moon’ written for Channel 4/Talawa Theatre.

    The Queer House

    The Queer House is an artists’ agency and producing house for queer actors, writers, and makers and are an associate company at the Gate Theatre.

    The Queer House debut double bill of shows, Pink Lemonade/Since U Been Gone, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 as part of a co-production with HighTide where they were included in The Stage 18 best shows and The Guardian top picks of the Fringe. Pink Lemonade will transfer to the Bush Theatre in July 2020.

    Recent credits for its artists include The Nevers (HBO); January 22nd (BBC/HBO); Cyrano de Bergerac (West End); HANNA (Amazon Prime); I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! (Complicité); Malory Towers (Wise Children); Them! (National Theatre Scotland); Pah-La (Royal Court); And The Rest of Me Floats (Bush Theatre); Cuckoo (Soho); Dear Elizabeth (Gate Theatre) and The Feed (Amazon Prime).

    Chris Sonnex

    Chris Sonnex was previously Artistic Director of the Bunker Theatre and Artistic Associate for The Royal Court. Chris used these roles to champion underrepresented artists and to mentor them and their work. It is important for Chris that the industry is representative of the London council estate he grew up on and that those stories are enabled to soar regardless of class, race, disability, gender and sexuality. For his work at The Bunker, he was selected as one of The Stage 100 2020, awarded Artistic Director of the year at the 2020 Off West End awards. The Bunker also won best programming policy at the same awards and was awarded Best Fringe Theatre at the Stage Awards. Chris is also an award nominated Director.

    If you have any questions regarding script reading submissions, please e-mail us on literary@hightide.org.uk.