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 Branden Jacobs-Jenkins 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

The Collective is an opportunity for a group of establishing writers to share skills, techniques and obsessions, and to fire up conversations and collaborations. It is run by the Orange Tree’s Literary Associate Guy Jones, alongside masterclasses from practitioners making work at the theatre.

For more information about the OT Writers Collective 2018 click here.


Channel 4 Playwright

Sonali Bhattacharyya has been awarded an attachment to the Orange Tree as part of the Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme. She is currently writing a new play for the theatre. For more information about the scheme click here.


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: Cassie Clare in rehearsals for An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (European premiere at the Orange Tree in 2017 before transferring to the National Theatre). Photo by The Other Richard.