The Nottingham New Theatre


Directing is full of challenges and great fun for anyone at the New Theatre. You can propose any play you like, and innovation and new writing are encouraged.

Anything you can think of, we can stage: whether it’s physical, in the round, absurd, or in some weird building in the middle of town, we’d love to hear your ideas.

Directing at the Nottingham New Theatre has been a brilliant and life-changing, but don’t worry, there’s so much support every step of the way.

Directing at the NNT has meant working closely with some of the most talented people I’ve ever met – from actors, to sound and lighting designers, to brilliant stage managers. My advice to anyone thinking of proposing is – do it!

— Felicity Chilver, Director ’17

How to put on a play

  1. Decide on the play:
    It’s totally up to you! You can put on a play you’ve loved reading, watching, or being a part of elsewhere — or an original work!
  2. Decide on the season:
    We have four seasons that you can propose for: In House, Fringe, External and Edinburgh, all with their own challenges to bear in mind. Have a think before you propose which is best for your show!
  3. Rights:
    It needs to be possible to get the rights to put the play on. The company to contact is usually written in the first few pages of the script.
  4. Propose:
    Fill in the Proposal Form and come on the day for a 15-minute Q&A from the committee. You can propose on your own or as a team (typically a director-producer pair). Afterwards, the committee go away and discuss and you’ll be phoned later that day with the decision.

What next?

Take a read of our Production Resources, including the Proposals Pack. These documents are a great help in filling in the proposal forms, and getting a feel for our spaces before trying to fit a show in them!

Additionally, talk to members of the committee. They exist to answer questions about their specific field, such as which lights are good for a tight spot, or whether we have a certain type of hat, so ask questions!

At the beginning of the term, we will hold a Proposals Advice Meeting for anyone thinking of proposing. Last year’s notes are also available in the meantime.


Who to talk to

Putting on a play can be daunting for even the most experienced director, so it’s a good job we have a team of coordinators able to answer your questions.

If you have any questions about directing for any of our seasons, contact one of our Season Coordinators:

Key Dates

  • In House Proposal Deadline: Wednesday 3rd October, 2018
  • In House Proposals Day: Saturday 6th October, 2018
  • Fringe Proposals Deadline: Wednesday 17th October, 2018
  • Fringe Proposals Day: Saturday 20th October, 2018

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Every summer, the NNT takes shows up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can be part of that! If you’ve got a play you’d love to perform for a month in Edinburgh, please chat to our External Relations Manager, Joe Strickland – his email is

Proposing for Edinburgh

If you think your show has got what it takes, fill out and submit our Edinburgh Proposal Form and then come to the Proposals Meeting. Much like In House and Fringe, the form needs to be submitted a few days in advance, and in the meeting you’ll have 15 minutes to make a speech, followed by questions.

Edinburgh Proposal dates will be released leading up to the Christmas holidays. Please email completed forms to Forms submitted by other methods or after this point will not be counted.

External Slots

During the undergraduate exam periods we are opening up the theatre for external production teams. If you’re interested in this opportunity and have any questions, please contact our External Relations Manager, Joe Strickland at You don’t need to have a cast already, but do need a full production and technical team ready at the proposals stage.

External proposal dates will be released in the coming academic year. All proposals must be sent by email to Joe ( Any late submissions or submissions by other means will not be counted.

Best of luck!