Script Accelerator 2018

Script Accelerator is a yearly programme supporting emerging practitioners to develop new plays. 


“We run Script Accelerator because we are passionate about discovering emerging talent and giving a platform to upcoming artists” – Melli Marie, Creative Director


Each year producers, or theatre companies, are invited to pitch a particular play they would like to develop - and six are selected into the programme. 

Each successful applicant, along with their team, will be offered space for Rehearsal and Development in order to develop the script and prepare a twenty-minute extract of the play to be performed on the Park200 stage. The extracts will be performed on a Sunday and a Monday.

Pieces are selected on the merit of the script and, vitally, on future life potential. A number have previously gone on to perform our Park90 stage, including Storm In A Tea Cup, World Enough And Time and Happy To Help.

Script Accelerator is led by Creative Director Melli Marie with the opportunity for feedback from Artistic Director Jez Bond and Executive Director Rachael Williams. The programme will be facilitated by the Script Accelerator Coordinator. Each producer will be appointed a mentee to join their team. The mentee is matched with each producer based on their interests and the skills they are eager to develop.

Key Dates

Submission deadline: 9 July
Shortlist announced: 23 July
Finalists announced: 1 August
4 week programme commences: 29 October
Public showcase: 29 & 30 Nov, 1 Dec

Script Accelerator 2018 Finalists

We received an overwhelming number of high calibre proposals and it was indeed a mighty task to make the final selection. If you’ve not made the list you will all be individually contacted with feedback to help you in the future. Thank you very much to all the applicants. And now with a drum roll….Congratulations to our finalists!

Christian Graham with his proposal of Reindeer
Rebecca Gwyther with her proposal of Scum
Lysnesy Martenstyn with her proposal of Other - please explain
Angel on the Corner and their proposal of The Witterings
Nialle Dingle with his proposal of We Never Get Off At Sloane Square
Relish Theatre with their proposal of Time and Tide

And congratulations to our runner ups - who will be contacted for details on the runner up support:

Theatre in Black and their proposal of Still Here
Ellie Zeegan with her proposal of Awaken

Script Accelerator 2018 Shortlist

The following list are producers or theatre companies with their proposals:

  • Nobody’s Empire with their proposal of The Ballerina
  • Christian Graham with his proposal of  Reindeer
  • Catherine Bailey and Phil Cox with their proposal of 40 Days in Khartown
  • Rebecca Gwyther with her proposal of Scum
  • Lysnesy Martenstyn with their proposal of Other - please explain
  • Ella Marks with her proposal of Stuffed
  • Angel on the Corner and their proposal of The Witterings
  • Missing Bolts Productions with their proposal of Anna: A Ghost Story
  • W14 Productions and their proposal of Solastalgia
  • Joshua Oakes-Rodgers and his proposal of Handwriting
  • Theatre in Black and their proposal of Still Here
  • Open Heart Surgery Theatre & Joanne Williams with Epsilon Productions with their proposal of Meat
  • Nialle Dingle with his proposal of We Never Get Off At Sloane Square
  • Claire Gilbert with her proposal of Beside the Remains
  • Ellie Zeegan with her proposal of Awaken
  • Hyphen Theatre Company with their proposal of Eat Sleep Exam Repeat
  • DR Hood with her proposal of Dr Faustess
  • Loquitur Theatre with their proposal of Lobster
  • Relish Theatre with their proposal of Time and Tide
  • Brandon Force and his proposal of The Originals


You must be available Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm for the four week rehearsal period.  The Programme Schedule will be distributed when finalists are selected. The finalised schedule will vary week to week. Companies may wish to complement our schedule with some space of their own finding to add more rehearsals. We can recommend some reasonably priced and local studios or participants may wish to find their own accommodation.


Click here to view the script accelerator archive from previous years.