Immediate, keen feedback from an audience with a pulse - Paul G Raymond, In Cahoots

New Writing Night

What's It All About?

Blackshaw hosts New Writing Nights at The Hen & Chicken Theatre in Highbury & Islington. It's an opportunity for writers to showcase what they're working on and get constructive feedback from the audience.

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How to submit

Submit as a Writer

If you would like to submit a piece of new writing please send a completed submission form, including a contact number and email and copy of your piece to

Download a Submission Form

Apply as an Actor

All actors are asked to submit via Casting Call Pro.


Apply as a Director

If you would like to be considered as a director for one of our new writing night pieces, please send a CV (including a contact number and email) to:

2017 New Writing Nights

January Showcase NWN

Mon 30th at 7:00 p.m
Submission deadline: 30th Dec.


Thurs 25th at 7:00 p.m
Submission deadline: 28th Apr.

July NWN

Mon 24th at 7:00 p.m
Submission deadline: 23rd Jun.

September NWN

Mon 25th at 7:00 p.m
Submission deadline: 25th Aug.

November NWN

Mon 20th Nov at 9:30 p.m
Submission deadline: 20th Oct.

Getting There

Our New Writing Nights take place upstairs at The Hen & Chicken Theatre (Closest tube, Highbury & Islingtion).

The evening kicks off at 7:00pm and tickets are available on the door. Seating is limited, so pop along early for a drink and be the first in the queue when the doors open.

Directions and contact information for The Hen & Chicken can be found on their website:


"By making it so easy for the audience to respond...Blackshaw are ensuring that the night is useful as well as entertaining."
- What's Peen Seen, Nov 2012
"Being in a safe environment where the audience can feedback straight away is fruitful for a writer - it's what your job as a playwright is all about. I highly recommend being involved with Blackshaw New Writing Nights, their dedication is infectious."
- Katie McCullough
"The chance to see an extract from my work performed (in such a friendly, fun environment) was invaluable... the whole experience was essential before the work went on to full production."
- Duncan Hands
"I'd still be an unproduced playwright without Blackshaw's New Writing Nights. In fact, I might not even be a (finished) playwright at all - but the reactions of the audience on the night gave me confidence that the piece was worth pursuing."
- M. J. Starling
"Blackshaw offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere with which to showcase new work. The almost immediate feedback is useful and, more importantly, honest."
- The Dead Pony Society
"Blackshaw's well attended New Writing Nights are hugely beneficial for writers. Immediate, keen feedback from an audience with a pulse is a wonderful and rare thing on the open mic circuit, and Blackshaw's well organised, professional, and varied night provides."
- Paul G Raymond, In Cahoots
"They're always well organised and fun, and receiving audience feedback so soon after your performance is incredibly useful, as well as exciting!"
- Catherine Madden
"I've found the feedback from the New Writing Nights incredibly helpful. I remember being rather nervous on receiving my first batch... it was all useful, positive and constructive. If you're a writer looking for feedback then I can't recommend these events enough!"
- Chris Buxey