More Information For Applicants

New Stuff​: The Idea

New Stuff is an evening, created by us, to showcase new pieces of written work from writers and theatre makers. This is an exciting, low-cost evening with tickets costing £3 full price and free for Vanguard members.

What is a 'Rehearsed Reading'?

A 'Rehearsed Reading' is where a company bring a script, that they have read and rehearsed a little beforehand, in front of an audience. During this performance the actors are usually still on book (which basically means they have a script in hand) and are sat on stage, sometimes around a table. Stage directions can be read out but not implemented during the show and this is usually by an actor who is not playing another character.

The Rules

Pieces should be no less than 30 minutes and no more than 50 minutes long (although we will accept a longer or shorter piece dependent on suitable pairings).

It must be scripted and theatrically interesting (e.g. not a dance piece, stand-up comedy, or live band). We’re looking for completed pieces that have not been fully staged anywhere else but we are not expecting much more than a second draft.

It must be legal - no copyright infringements, incitement to hatred, or anything else that threatens our licence.

That’s it really.

To take part you need to apply online here and, once accepted, pay £20 (in the form of a £50 deposit of which £30 is refunded to you after your reading). This fee covers your slot plus 2 hours of studio time (in the best available space) plus a print allowance (we will print copies of your script, up to 100 sides of b/w A4, but if you think you’ll need more then talk to us).

You will find your own performer/s, director etc but if you need some help to fill the gaps in your project, let us know and we’ll put the word out to help you find new collaborators.

The Shows

The show will begin at 7pm and, ideally, run for 2 hours, including an interval.

This season runs on the following Sundays:

6 October 2019
3 November 2019
1 December 2019
5 January 2020
2 February 2020
1 March 2020
5 April 2020
3 May 2020
7 June 2020
5 July 2020

The Programming Policy

New Stuff is about enabling scripted work to be seen at an affordable price for all involved.

We will sort through applications to put together a balanced evening and will only turn something down if it's illegal, breaches our licence, is totally inappropriate for the space or we've run out of slots for the season.

Each evening -- except in exceptional circumstances -- will feature two readings of new work, one before and one after a brief interval. 

The Advertising

Applicants are free to undertake their own advertising once returned their contract and paid the deposit.

Information, logos, maps, etc are available via email, together with an e-flyer. We cannot provide marketing for individual performances, however we will promote New Stuff in our mailing lists, through social networking, and in external listings.

The Venue

New Stuff will take place in Studio One and we will be able to provide chairs and tables (upon request) for your rehearsed reading. We do not provide tech and suggest that crucial technical elements in the script are read out as stage directions.

The Contract

After we've looked over your application and confirmed your slot with you, we'll send you an email with the details of your contract, which will specify a date/time slot and will commit us all to staging the event. If you have any questions, please email them to nicolaatthecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk. You will need to complete the blank segments of the contract and send this as an email reply - this then acts as our contractual agreement. Then call The Cockpit reception on 020 7258 2925 to pay the fee by credit/debit card. Note that there is a £50 cancellation penalty clause in the contract if you cancel with less than 21 days notice.


Please note that companies bring their own actors to New Stuff and we have no role in casting them.