Player Playwrights

monologue masterclass - monday 19 April, 7.30pm

Player Playwrights’ online programme of readings and events restarts on Monday 19 April with ‘The Art of the Monologue’, a discussion and masterclass on writing the perfect monologue.
An evening of discussion and insights in to how to write monologues, how to structure them and make them compulsive viewing.
There is still time to get in your entry for the next Player Playwrights competition for Members.
The theme is THEN AND NOW.
The brief: write a ten minute play on old chums meeting up who have not seen each other since their schooldays.
Their circumstances could be anything; happily or unhappily married; with/without kids; high-flying career, on the street, in prison. The sky's the limit!
The rules are as follows:
Entries to be emailed to competitions secretary, Giles Armstrong, at by Monday 26 April at the latest.
Reading time for each entry must not exceed ten minutes or fall short of five, to avoid disqualification.
Scripts to include two to four characters with a list of their names. The author's name must not appear on the script.
Authors may suggest casting, but the final choice will be absolutely at the discretion of the casting secretary.
Authors may have ONE read-through with the cast, and give the cast brief notes. Authors are responsible for arranging this.
The cast are asked not to reveal the names of authors, so that as far as possible these are not known.
Only the first ten entries to be received will be accepted for the competition but we may be able to arrange readings of surplus scripts on another occasion.
The scripts submitted to Giles will be the final one. No amendment of scripts will be permitted.
All our Monday night events are on Zoom for the foreseeable future. Members get access to all events and can enter competitions as part of their membership.
If you are a Member, remember to renew your membership. If you want to become a Member, please join us.
We have frozen our annual membership costs. It remains at £12 for the first year with an £8 annual renewal fee. 
To renew your membership or to become a member contact Tony Diggle on

When Player Playwrights was founded in 1948 its aim was laid down as follows:

“To encourage the writing of plays by its members, by providing an opportunity for such plays to be presented and criticized by the Society; to widen the knowledge of all aspects of playwriting, by inviting to its meetings Speakers and Lecturers; to explore all avenues whereby members’ work may be presented to the public.”

Player Playwrights, which is still run by its actor and playwright members, continues to bring together professional actors and writers with weekly play readings, actor and writer workshops, plus guest speaker events for its members.  

Join US

We are always open to new Members. You could be an experienced or an aspiring playwright. You might be an actor excited about working with new writers and on new plays. Or maybe you’re just someone who loves theatre and gets excited being among the first to see new work. You're all very welcome.

We have had to curtail our usual Monday night performances at the North London Tavern but we are still showcasing new  plays every Monday night - online. You can join us  every Monday for a simple one off annual membership fee.

We have frozen our annual membership fee at £12. As a member every Monday you will receive a zoom link so you can watch the play, and then join in the conversation about the work with the writer and other members afterwards.

Just as importantly you can put your own work forward for one of our play reading evenings, and have your work mentored by one of our experienced readers; you can become part of the rota of professional actors we need to stage  our play readings; you can enter our regular play contest nights.

For more details on becoming a member contact Tony Diggle on

Meet the team


Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran

Bafta-winning writers of numerous ITV and BBC series' including Birds of A Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman. Theatre Includes Save The Last Dance For Me, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Love Me Do.  Marks & Gran were crowned 'Living Legends' by The Comedy Society in September 2015.

"In 1973 we had the good fortune to stumble upon Player Playwrights. Over the subsequent months, in a semi–derelict theatre in Fitzroy Square, we were exposed to short plays, long plays, good plays and bad plays, written and performed by members of the club, professional and amateur.

Although by then Laurence was a journalist, and Maurice was selling the occasional short story to top shelf magazines, neither of us even fantasised about a career as a playwright, although we were both enthusiastic fans of radio and television comedy. But after a few months hearing other members’ scripts, we decided separately to take the plunge, and enter the regular sketch–writing competition."

send us your scripts

At its heart Player Playwright is a collective of writers and actors who are supportive of each others work.


We schedule readings of new works, drama and comedy, created by our Members. The work is then critiqued by fellow Members. The aim of our criticism is always to guide and aid the writer to improve their work.


Many plays that get their first outing at Player Playwrights go on to full professional productions on the London stage, often with actors from Player Playwrights appearing in them.


To find out more about how Members can put their work forward for a reading click here 


AT A GLANCE diary of play readings and events for the spring season

All events  scheduled on zoom every Monday, 7.30pm


New programme coming soon

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