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Script Reading Service


"I will take every aspect of this [report] to re-write this project and will have you to thank if it becomes a success!"   Steve Paden

Submit a script for the stage, screen or radio and receive feedback and practical advice

If you have a complete draft of a script, send us

  1.    Two copies of the script. These should be:
    • typed
    • single-sided
    • double spaced
    • bound - a treasury tag is sufficient 
  2. Separate details of your name, address, email and phone number.  Please do  not put your name anywhere on your actual script.
  3. A cheque for £20.00 made payable to 'North West Playwrights' OR you can pay via PayPal by clicking the button below (please still send hard copies of your script in though):
  4. Please enclose a suitable SAE if you would like your scripts returning
  5. Send your script to: 18 Express Networks, 1 George Leigh Street, Manchester, M4 5DL

On receipt of your scripts, we will send you an acknowledgment. This tells you when you can expect to receive your reports and gives the number allocated to your play.


"Thanks so much for this [script reports] and please thank the readers. They clearly gave this a lot of thought. The two reports back are high praise indeed especially as I have been writing only two years and am striving to improve all the time. The points they raised were really usefull and some I expected as I was aware of the weak points left to sharpen in my play. It's been such a useful experience and has helped me enormously both in structural ideas as well as confidence. I will certainly use this service again.
 "Thanks again."
 Iain Dignall


We aim to return reports to writers within 10 weeks of receipt.

We do not accept scripts as attachments to emails.

Each play is read by two of our Readers.

NWP Readers undertake an honest appraisal of scripts and give constructive advice about how the writer might tackle the next draft. Our Readers are experienced theatre practitioners and academics.

"Thanks ever so much for the service. I don't know what I would have done without it."  Peter Street.

The script reading process is anonymous - i.e.  North West Playwrights does not identify the writer to the Readers, nor our Readers to the writer.

However, you can get an idea of the kind of people on our Readers panel here.

Outstanding plays submitted to the Script Reading Service may be selected for further development by NWP. This may include workshopping.


"I would like to express my sincere thanks for the time you and your actors spent with me discussing my play, My Friend William. It was, of course, very useful and, for a novice in this area, I was very pleased with how comfortable you made me feel."  David Platt.


This service is available to writers aged 18+ who live within the Arts Council England, North West region. If you live elsewhere, check out these links.

Any questions...? Feel free to get in touch. Email us or phone on 0161 237 1978.

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