New Writing

Mountview is dedicated to feeding the industry with high-quality new writing. Each year through our Made at Mountview programme students collaborate with the finest practitioners across the industry to create high-quality pieces of new work.

Understanding the collaborative process is a vital part of training and provides students with professional development opportunities by working with leading writers and directors on developing new pieces and an insight into how to create their own work.

Previous projects have included The Martyr by Rachel Wagstaff and Matt Brind which was directed by Steve Marmion at Soho Theatre, Karagula by Philip Ridley directed by Max Barton at Shoreditch Town Hall, Lockhart by Ashley Robinson and Jason Carr, Gidea Park by Dan Murphy and a pair of one-act plays Trenches and Parlour Games by Richard Vincent and James Hartnell.

Most recently, Mountview commissioned The Fear by Roy Williams which was directed by Lekan Lewal at Bunker Theatre in London Bridge and in autumn 2019 The Stunners’ Opera by Howard Goodall and Joanne Harris directed by Annabel Bolton with musical direction by Nigel Lilley and performed at Mountview’s Backstage Theatre.

We also support students and alumni to create new work, notably through the Maiden Speech Festival. In July 2020 Sarah Hanly’s Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks, which was developed with Maiden Speech, was awarded the 2019 Pinter Commission.