by new writers

A play being written with pen and ink

Tue 1 - Sat 5 October 2019 at 7.30pm
The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton NN1 3JA

A trio of sinister new writing


Inky scratchers and bedroom bards we want to pick your brains...

Masque Theatre is looking for three dark tales to spin this October on the (haunted) Playhouse Stage.

Whether it's a psychological thriller, a tale of the unexpected, a spooky story or murder most horrid, we'll read all submissions (as long as they're a bit 'orrible and about half an hour long).

Send your submission to

The deadline is midnight on 30 June 2019.

Plays must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Not previously performed.
  • 20-30 mins long.
  • Requiring no more than five actors (doubling is fine!).
  • Must be an original work and sole creative property of the writer (though homages and reworked ancient tales are fine if sources are acknowledged).
  • All submissions will be read by a committee of Masque members.
  • Nine scripts will be chosen to be read aloud at a scratch night for the writers and invited contributors. From which three will be selected to go to full production.
  • Writers may apply to direct or appear in their pieces if they wish but this is not essential.
  • The three selected writers will be given four VIP tickets to the gala night. All contributors will be given a ticket.
  • The writer will retain sole rights to their work.
  • No cash payment is offered for the script but Masque will cover all production costs and give full credit to the authors.