Playshuffle – open mic for actors and theatre writers at Derby Theatre

PlayShuffle is an open mic night for new writing, designed to lift plays off the page so they can stand on their own two feet.  We provide the Dutch courage so actors can stretch their sight-reading muscles; producers and directors test their ability to sniff out potential and playwrights hear their work for the first time. We’ve also teamed up with new-writing advocates Act 2 to deliver this fast, furious and fun evening.

Tue 24 November, 7pm 

Upper Foyer, Derby Theatre


Writers: Bring a scene of a play that you’d like to test/hear aloud – perhaps it’s a crucial scene, perhaps it’s the roughest section that needs to be heard or a few pages of dialogue on which you’re really stuck. Readings must be no longer than 7 minutes long and you must bring enough copies of your scene to be read by the required number of actors, plus one copy for the facilitator of the night. Printing will not be available. Readings will be scheduled on a first-come (on the day), first-served order, so please check in with Act 2’s Gareth Morgan on arrival.

Actors: You simply have to turn up, put your name down with the facilitator and you’ll be called up to read the scenes as you are required. Again, this is on a first-come (on the day), first-served order, so please check in with Act 2’s Gareth Morgan on arrival.

Directors, Producers, Companies: Come primed to spot the next big thing; hand out business cards and contact details.

PlayShuffle casts on a first come, first served basis and only to gender. It’s not about casting the ultimate production of your play, rather an opportunity for you to hear your work read. The casting might – coincidently – be bang on, or it might be completely wrong but we can guarantee you’ll learn something about your voice, about your work or about your scene as a result.


A drink on us, from a menu of wine, lager, Dancing Duck beer, cider, or soft drinks.


Please RSVP to Ruby ( with your name, discipline and…

If you’re a writer: the title of the play, the casting breakdown (e.g. 1M/1F or 3M)

If you’re an actor: your gender.

If you’re a director, producer or company: your name is all we need.

Look forward to seeing you on Tue 24 November at 7pm for our Autumn PlayShuffle.



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