Writer Development Programme

Our annual Writer Development Programme supports, trains and inspires the development of South Asian women writers with a programme of writing workshops, dramaturgy and workshops with actors. It will culminate in our annual season of staged readings in October/November 2017 at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.

The Writer Development Programme supports and encourages the development of South Asian women writers with a programme of two strands:

Developmental Workshops  A series of six workshops run by established theatre professionals for those new to, and in early career writing. Writers learn the concepts and techniques in writing for theatre while working on developing their scripts.

Advance Dramaturgy 1-1 dramaturgical support for more advanced writers who are working to develop an existing script ready for a public reading or performance.

Selected scripts are then taken on to workshops with professional actors and a director leading up to a public rehearsed reading to an audience of public and industry peers who are encouraged to give constructive feedback.

Each programme begins with an open call out for new scripts. Based on these submissions, our Readers Panel then selects writers to join one or more of the above strands.

Our two weeks of Talback Readings have taken place at the Arcola Theatre, Oval House, Soho Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatres and often sell out.

Recent graduates of the programmes have received commissions from the BBC, Channel 4, other theatre companies and been taken on by agents. Our 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 productions were all of plays developed through this programme.

What some our writers have told us:
The whole experience was great… filled me with so much confidence in my work.’

Kali has been invaluable to me as a writer - from giving me the tools to help develop my writing in the Talkback workshops and the consequent dramaturgy, to the on-going support and encouragement in the development of my current script. Kali has been instrumental in giving me the confidence to become a writer - not just through the teaching and learning process, but through the relationship they foster with you as a Kali writer.’


‘Kali has always done its utmost to support my work and those of many others, including careful critique, dramaturgy support and mentoring.’


‘I can honestly say I NEVER would have had the confidence and self-belief to pursue writing if it wasn't for the lovely folk at Kali Theatre. They have changed my life and I can’t thank them enough.’


‘I'm really grateful to Kali and Janet for giving me the chance to have my work produced. It was fantastic to see my ideas brought to life on the stage, and the whole experience gave me the confidence to keep writing. Being involved with Kali has also been really helpful in making new contacts, some of which have resulted in commissions.’

More details on how to submit a script for the 2018 programme will be on our website in December 2017