Global platform for new plays

Producer Daniel Galloway is one of the founders of The Playwright’s Laboratory. PICTURE: Jesse Kramer

A play development initiative is hoping to bring something new to the theatre space.

The Playwright’s Laboratory (TPL), a meeting place for a global network of theatre professionals and organisations, streams rehearsed readings of new plays with the aim of securing new opportunities for them.

TPL finds new work to feature on the secure network through partnerships with several theatre organisations in the UK, USA and South Africa, including Papatango Theatre Company and Actors Touring Company in the UK, Marquis Literary and Prairie Theatre Company in Canada, and How Now Brown Cow and The Baxter Theatre Centre in South Africa. Other members include New National Theatre Tokyo, Shanghai Culture Square, Soho Theatre, the National Arts Festival in South Africa, the Soweto Theatre and the Young Vic.

In its first partnership, TPL will be presenting the four shortlisted plays from the 2022 Papatango New Writing Prize.

TPL was founded by artistic director Katharine Farmer and producer Daniel Galloway.

If you’re a theatre organisation or producer interested in presenting work or finding your next play on the network, email or visit for more information.