28 Plays Later Entry

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What is 28 Plays Later?

Whether you are into Pinter or Panto, Chekov or Chicago, we are looking to inspire you to achieve theatrical greatness and create new work for the stage.  

You know nothing about plays? Fantastic! Everyone starts somewhere, right? Jump right in! You’re an old hand at writing for the stage? Awesome! Each playwriting challenge will take your skills into new, fun and fascinating territory. 

"Ominous highlight of every year"

28 Plays Later has already created 19,524 plays (yes, really). This is your chance to contribute to an amazingly impressive volume of work.  The project was previously hosted by Space Theatre and Theatre Deli.

As well as rewarding playwrights that complete the challenge with cash, previous challenges have led to reading events around the world and – while it is not expected – several writers have gone on to develop their ideas into longer plays that have gone into production.    

"Three of the plays I created for 28 Plays Later have since had readings. One of them has had two productions. And I'm currently working on stretching out one into a longer piece. It was a brilliant, challenging and rewarding experience and I wouldn't miss it this year..."

What should I write?

Anything you like! Really! One-page monologue to full scale musicals, comedy and drama, thriller, farce, politics and poetry – we’ve had it all and love it all. All we ask is you complete a playwriting challenge every day in February. That’s it. We give you 36 hours to respond to each daily prompt. The rest, as they say, is up to you. 

"I am neither a playwright nor particularly involved in theatre however it has been very fulfilling and a great learning experience in all kinds of ways and i would recommend it to anyone with an interest in writing or in art practice in general."