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A development scheme for emerging theatre companies. 

FORGE gives emerging theatre companies the resources and platform to refine and develop their artistic voice. Four exceptional emerging companies are attached to Southwark Playhouse for 9 months. They receive free rehearsal space to R&D ideas, dramaturgical support from the Southwark Playhouse senior artistic team and a week long slot to platform a show in The Little space. The scheme also provides industry mentorship and bespoke workshops from the playhouse team to guide and empower them in this creative journey. 

How to Apply

Download the information pack here to find out more and check if you are eligible:

Click here to download information pack

To apply please fill in the application form at the link below.

Click here to fill out the application form

The application form will give you the choice of submitting written answers or it will ask for a link to a YouTube, Vimeo (or other video sharing site) should you wish to submit a video/audio submission.

The deadline for submissions is: Thursday 13 June 2024 at 5pm

For any questions, accessibility requirements, or if you require the application form in a different format, please email


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It’s been a difficult few years and things don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. 

Southwark Playhouse is a registered charity that delivers a year-round programme of entertaining and enriching work yet receives no regular funding.

Why not consider making a donation to help us keep on keeping on during these tough times!

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