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Lane’s List: Information, training and opportunities for UK playwrights


‘Lane’s List is totally brilliant. An invaluable resource. I wish that it had existed when I was just starting out when getting yourself involved in anything and everything is so important to getting your foot on the ladder.’

– Vickie Donoghue: writer of MUDLARKS (Hightide Festival / The Bush)

What is it?

Lane’s List is a regular weekly email for playwrights, consolidating opportunities and information from across the country. Indexed by region and offering a realistic picture of the industry week-by-week, it includes:

• submission opportunities
• commissions and writers wanted
• awards and competitions
• interviews with theatre professionals
• workshops
• events

My aim for the List is to build greater connectivity between playwrights and their industry.

I want to do this by making visible the broad range of information and knowledge that’s out there for writers, clarifying potential pathways towards support, development and creative ways of approaching employment as a playwright.

I’m also passionate about sharing practice, and often include a weekly blog reflecting on my own playwriting and dramaturgy projects.


‘It’s rare to get such a candid insight into another writer’s process, fears and struggles. Several times when I’ve been reading it you’ve exactly pinpointed something I’ve been going through too but hadn’t even realised or been able to articulate.’

– Bea Roberts: Joint Winner of the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award 2015


Why do I need it?

The theatre industry has shifted the way it supports playwrights over the last few years. There’s fewer opportunities to send scripts year-round to theatres for feedback; an increased focus on companies rather than new writing; less core funding to support writer development agencies and more encouragement for playwrights to design their own career paths.

Writers increasingly need to build relationships within their industry to get ahead, making themselves and their work visible to others, creating their own networks and seeking out the training they need most. Those with diverse skills and an adaptable outlook are the ones most likely to sustain their careers.

Lane’s List gathers the information and motivation you need to help take charge of your writing.


How much information do I get?

In its first year Lane’s List sent out over 1,000 items to playwrights comprising:

– 160 Submission Opportunities
– 55 Awards and Competitions
– 210 Workshops
– 90 Bursaries and Paid Development Opportunities
– 59 Events
– 331 Industry Articles
– 100 Jobs

You can download an example Lane’s List email here.


Is it just for playwrights?

Yes – but I’ll also throw in a few bits and pieces about wider industry issues and the occasional radio, TV and screenwriting opportunity with mainstream broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4.


Can I send you things to publicise?

You can send me anything that fits within the list above, but I don’t publicise people’s shows or readings as then I’d be a one-man marketing agency for 700 playwrights and wouldn’t have a life.


What do other writers say?

‘I think you’ve created a marvellous and important resource here – you’ve made a real difference I think. It’s grass-roots and honest and about writers taking control and not being told what and how and where by administrators and organisations.’

‘Yours is the most helpful and most professional mailing list I have joined.’

‘I think Lane’s List is pretty fantastic… so much work goes into it. I look forward to scouring the list when it lands in my inbox. An excellent list – clear and concise.’


How much does it cost?

You can subscribe to Lane’s List for just £3 a month, or £30 a year.

You will remain subscribed to Lane’s List on a rolling monthly/annual basis, unless you cancel your subscription.

Read this if you want more information about why Lane’s List is a paid service.


How do I sign up?

To purchase an annual subscription (best value option) click here:

To purchase a monthly subscription click here:


Lane’s List is compiled by playwright and dramaturg David Lane. Formerly the Literary Assistant at Soho Theatre, he is now based in Bristol and has worked freelance in new writing for the last decade, running writer development schemes with regional theatres and writing over thirteen commissions for adults and young people.

David is a former co-convenor of the MA Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College and the author of Contemporary British Drama.

You can read more about his work here.