One-to-One Mentoring

We offer one-to-one script surgeries for writers.

We provide close professional attention to a script at every stage, from first to final draft. We work attentively and questioningly with the writer on all aspects of the play’s dramaturgical development. We give advice on networking possibilities to help place the play with a theatre or a company that produces new writing. For some writers we go on to direct a staged reading of their work with professional actors in a theatre venue in Oxford or London which may lead to a full production of the writer’s play.


“I am working with John on a stage adaptation of Kate Clanchy’s best selling memoir Antigona and Me. John is committed to new and emerging writers and his determination to help them produce their best possible work is inspirational. John has a gift for spotting what is working and what needs to be done with a developing script. His passion, insight and experience make working with him a joy.”

Zena Forster, Writer

“John Retallack is a hugely talented and experienced playwright and director. He combines practical know-how with incisive analysis and an infectious love of theatre. For anyone wanting to write professionally for the stage, I couldn’t think of anyone better to support, challenge and inspire you.”
Jonathan Lloyd, Director

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