stuck on a play?

RoughHewn is a script-reading service, offering dramaturgical support to writers of all experience levels.

Drawing on our work reading thousands of scripts for some of the UK's most prestigious theatres and playwriting prizes, we support writers in shaping, focusing and developing their plays.

Whether you've got a brand new idea, or a script that’s one draft away from submission, you've come to the right place - we can help you take your work to its next stage.

But we don't just work with writers on text – we also collaborate with directors, makers and design teams to develop confident and fully articulated production concepts.


Please note that, due to the ongoing danger and restrictions caused by Covid-19, all our meetings our taking place via phone or video call.

Where local guidelines permit, we're still participating in rehearsal processes with appropriate social distancing in place.