OT New Artists

OT New Artists

“The Orange Tree has it all: a hugely rich theatrical history, filled with more important names than you could list, and a thrillingly adventurous approach to programming new work. Having my play staged in Paul Miller's first season there will always be a career highlight for me.” Alistair McDowall

The Orange Tree aims to challenge, move and amaze with a bold and continually evolving mix of new and re-discovered plays in our unique in-the-round space. We’d like to change lives by telling remarkable stories from a wide variety of times and places, filtered through the singular imagination of our writers and the remarkable close-up presence of our actors.

We have presented new plays by writers in formative moments of their careers, and provoked radical re-evaluations of others by revisiting earlier work. New plays by Alice Birch, Alistair McDowall and Deborah Bruce and have sat alongside early plays by Doris Lessing, Bernard Shaw and Robert Holman, amongst many others.


OT New Artists

We are committed to discovering and nurturing the next generation of theatre artists through the OT New Artists programme, including our Writers Collective, and readings and workshops where possible.


Orange Tree Writers Collective

“I found the collective had the effect of focusing and sharpening my desire and drive.  It felt very safe and really pleasing to be able to be 'serious' about writing. Any future writer will appreciate that kindness and time offered.” Philip Correia, OTWC member

Find out more about the 2016-17 Writers Collective writers

The Orange Tree Writers Collective is a group of establishing playwrights who meet at the theatre throughout the season, made up of hugely promising writers who have shown a particular commitment to the development of their crafts. They meet monthly to share techniques, opinions and obsessions, and form an invaluable network of peer support. Writers have generally had one or more plays professionally produced.

Applications for the 2016-17 Writers Collective are now closed.


Unsolicited Script Submissions

The Literary Department is run by a small part-time team, and as a result we are not in a position to accept unsolicited submissions of work throughout the year. If you would like to invite us to see your work you can email [email protected]

Photo: Director Ned Bennett in rehearsals with actors Guy Rhys and Sam Swann for Alistair McDowall's new play Pomona, which transferred to the National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan.