Shrill Voices

“Women make up the majority of theatre audiences, but are still underrepresented as writers. We need more programmes and initiatives aimed at giving women the space they deserve to make their voices heard.” Anja Kulessa, Shrill Voices Coordinator & Executive Producer

Shrill Voices is a new residency programme for female identifying writers & creators at the Rosemary Branch Theatre. After a successful Shrill Voices festival in 2019 we are looking to expand our programme in 2020 and offer more long-term support to our participants to help them kickstart fresh work and grow as artists.

The residency provides:

  • + rehearsal & performance space at the Rosemary Branch Theatre
  • + the opportunity to meet and network with fellow artists in a collaborative space
  • + workshops and courses led by industry practitioners
  • + mentoring throughout the process by the Rosemary Branch team

We do not hold any fixed definition of womanhood. If this programme reflects all or some of your gender identity then it is open to you.

Application Process

We are looking for writers and creators at every stage of the creative process. No matter if you are just starting your first draft or have a finished show ready for the stage. Simply email Anja Kulessa anjatkulessa[at] with your play idea, where you are in the development and what you would like to get out of the Shrill Voices residency. (If you already have a finished script or draft feel free to send a 2000 word excerpt along.)

As this is a running residency we have 2 deadlines this year:

  • 1st batch of writers: 31st of March at 7pm
  • 2nd batch of writers: 31st of July at 7pm


Writers in residence:

Click below for all our Shrill Voices shows, events & workshops.

Shrill Voices 2019

Our Shrill Voices residency started last year with an inaugural writing festival. Across two weeks we invited eight playwrights into our rehearsal spaces and hosted four evenings of showcases of their work. Those shows have gone on to various other venues doing runs at Soho Theatre, the Pleasance, Theatre503, the Edinburgh Fringe and Vault Festival.

Eleanor Dillon-Reams with HoneyBEE

Winner Scotsman Best Newcomer Award EdFringe 2019
Winner ThreeWeeks Editor’s Award EdFringe 2019
★★★★★ “Dillon-Reams is a star in the making” – The Scotsman
★★★★★ “Has a truth at its pulsing heart that you cannot help but be moved by” – ThreeWeeks

Next: 28th Feb at Vault Festival | @Elle_D_Reams

Eva Edo with Tiger Mum

Lyn Gardner’s Top Pick at Vault Festival 2020

“a lyrical and selfless story of parenthood” – Sean McEnaney

As seen at Theatre503, Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre

Next: 13th – 15th March at Vault | @TigerMumPlay

Jodie Irvine with Gobby

★★★★★ “Irvine proves she is both an exceptional writer and natural-born performer” – Broadway Baby
★★★★★ “A raw, triumphant and soaring one-woman odyssey” – Stage Whispers
★★★★ “excellent
” – The Stage
★★★★ “a boisterous and heartfelt production” – LondonTheatre1

Next: on tour in Australia | @GobbyPlay