Research and development is vital to the creation of new work. Giving opportunities to writers and theatre makers is very important to us. Through our shorts nights, we have been opening up opportunities to writers, actors and directors since our inception. We believe that writers develop through having their work seen, performed by actors on stage. We also believe engagement in the creation of excellent new stage performance is crucial to the growth of all theatre artists. 


take a look at some of our previous development projects.

Photography by Dan Green


current development opportunities

Coming soon - to be announced.

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previous development projects



Dirty Protest & National Theatre Wales collaboration since 2013

National Theatre Wales and Dirty Protest join forces for our annual all-day English-language writing festival, Dirty Gifted & Welsh.

A jam-packed day celebrating Welsh writers, with performances, readings, debates, special guest speakers, workshops, a pub quiz, disco and much more.

Writers can sign up for the Scratch Space to have their work performed by our team of actors on the day. 

Highlights included: speakers and workshops with Bryony Lavery, Nick Payne, Lucy Kirkwood, BBC Writersroom, BBC Radio Drama.

Playwright Alan Harris eavesdropped on the day’s events, to write a play in response which was performed that very evening.


Plays in a bag - national tour

Collaboration with 4 venues alongside our national tour of our award-winning production, Parallel Lines by Katherine Chandler

Pontardawe Arts Centre, Galeri Caernarfon, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Ffwrnes Llanelli - worked with us to create new plays with our Plays in a Bag set up for local writers in each venue. 

Our crack team of professional writers, actors and directors arrived in each venue to lead a day-long scriptwriting workshop. Writers (experienced and first timers alike) could create their own theme, develop their skills and write plays that were then performed for the public by our crew that same night. 


Our team are all respected theatre professionals, who work in different roles in the arts, theatre and media.

Workshops have been delivered for other arts partners, theatre venues, writing groups and individuals. 


We have offered workshops such as:

Playwrighting and theatricality

Structuring your drama

Writing for radio drama

Directing from conceiving a show to taking it on tour


Audition technique

Plays in a bag, 2013

Writers who had previously worked with us on our shorts nights were asked to create 15-minute long monologues. 

These 12 writers created plays that were dramaturged by Dirty Protest so that these ideas could then be developed into full length plays.