Write the Girl

All enquiries to: writethegirl@lehs.org.uk
Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton High Schools 

Please note that the launch event will take place on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at Lady Eleanor Holles, TW12 3HF.


Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton High Schools are pleased to offer writers with an interest in developing female-driven work for large casts:

  • A day of inspiration and discussion with established and emerging writers;

  • Opportunities to have work-in-progress performed and workshopped throughout the development process;

  • A fully-funded realisation of at least one project, and dissemination of all project concepts to professional producing partners, with a view to further commissions.

Phase 1: 

A day of workshops and discussions for writers and theatre makers including a keynote session with Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. 

Phase 2: 

Submitted production pitches are reviewed by producers and workshopped by students, then circulated as potential commissions for professional theatres, universities and schools. 

Phase 3: 

At least one full commission for a fully realised production at LEH in 2019/20, with full ownership retained by the writer.


Phase 1: Tuesday 29th January 2019

A day of discussion about theatre-making for and with young women.

The launch of a new commissioning process.

Final programme for the day to follow shortly. 

Playwrights, practitioners and theatre makers are warmly invited to attend a day of discussion, workshops and professional development in the Jane Ross Theatre, LEH School (TW12 3HF), on 29th January 2019.  The Write the Girl Project is motivated by the frustration felt by teachers and students in their search for meaningful stories, suitable for large casts, that stretch, challenge and engage a generation of young women dissatisfied by a male-dominated canon.  Sessions will be run by fantastic writers including Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, and representatives from Nick Hern Books will also be attending.  Most importantly, there will also be opportunities to meet with a range of teenagers and their teachers.

We anticipate a 10.30 am start and 4 pm finish, with lunch and refreshments included. 

Attendees will then be eligible to apply for a fully funded commission for Lady Eleanor Holles School and Hampton High School in 2019: full details will be shared on the day.


How to apply for a place:

If you would like to attend the day, please email a brief CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the event to writethegirl@lehs.org.uk.  Please attach this as one document of no more than two sides of A4 in total.  

All questions should be directed to this email address: please do not contact either school directly. Unfortunately, places are limited and priority will be given to those with the clearest sense of an affinity for the ethos of the project.  


Phase 2: Submission of production pitches for student exploration and professional feedback.

We will invite writers and theatre makers who have attended the launch day to complete a short production pitch and writing exercise for submission by late April 2019.  Applicants will then be invited to observe/participate in an afternoon workshop with a number of students from both schools, to see how the young people respond to their work.  In addition to this, they will receive commentary on their ideas from a range of respected theatre professionals. Writers will be paid a small fee, and have reasonable travel expenses refunded, for attending their workshop. 

With permission, following any changes the writer might like to make, these submissions will also be shared with a range of other London schools and theatres interested in commissioning a new piece of work for their students. 


Phase 3: Full production commission

Following this series of workshops at least one project will be commissioned by Hampton High and Lady Eleanor Holles to progress as a full production in the 2019/20 academic year.  The timescale for drafting and production would be agreed with the successful candidate.  The commissioned writer will maintain full ownership of the intellectual property, and we would only request that the two schools are credited as sponsors of the original production.


Both schools are committed to the highest standards of Child Protection and Safeguarding: applicants progressing to the commissioning process will undergo Enhanced DBS clearance.