New Writing

Putting Pen to Paper

Theatre by the Lake is dedicated to creating new work that is entertaining, exciting and relevant to the communities of, and visitors to, Cumbria. We have been actively involved in the promotion and presentation of new writing since the theatre opened in 1999.

Theatre by the Lake has commissioned debut plays from the following writers:

2002 - Tramping Like Mad, by Julie KcKiernan
2005 - Only Available in Carlisle, by Charlotte Allen
2009 - For All Time, by Rick Thomas

Other new commissions:

2006 - Sinbad: the Untold Tale, by Charles Way
2009 - The Maid of Buttermere, by Lisa Evans
2011 - Quicksand, by Zosia Wand (co-production with the Duke's, Lancaster)
2011 - Keep Smiling Through, by Lisa Evans
2012 - Roma and the Flannelettes: A Love Like Yours, by Richard Cameron
2013 - Hugh Walpole's Rogue Herries, adapted for the stage by Louise Page (this production was in part made possible by the generous donation of Judith Johnstone in memory of her mother Eva Kennedy)
2014 - Seeing the Lights, by Brendan Murray 
2015 - The Lady of the Lake, by Benjamin Askew (this production was in part made possible by the generous donation of Bill Mapleson)
2016 - The Shepherd's Life, adapted by Chris Monks
2016 - The Professor of Adventure, by Peter Macqueen

The theatre has also been involved in projects with North Cumbria Scriptwriters, the Cumbria New Theatre Writing Forum and North West Playwrights. We have regularly presented the regional premières of the best contemporary writing in our Studio Theatre:

2002 - In Flame, by Charlotte Jones
2004 - Blue / Orange, by Joe Penhall
2005 - A Number, by Caryl Churchill
2007 - Under the Blue Sky, by David Eldridge
2007 - Days of Wine and Roses, adapted by Owen McCafferty

Workshops and readings with resident professional acting companies have been regularly offered to writers from the region and further afield.

Unsolicited scripts

We have no dedicated literary staff and are therefore no longer accepting unsolicited scripts.

If you are resident in North Cumbria and have a serious commitment to writing for the stage, screen or radio, you may be interested in joining North Cumbria Scriptwriters. This group meets at Theatre by the Lake on the last Thursday of every month at 7.30pm. For further information, contact Carol Donockley on 01228 547043.