Player Playwrights

Player Playwrights meet every Monday

North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Rd, Kilburn, NW6 7QB 
Play Readings, Workshops, Guest Talks, and more

from 7.30pm

The Charity Woman-contest winner

Congratulations to Katherine Way whose play,  The Charity Woman, picked up the top prize in our radio play contest.


The play,  about a feisty retired teacher whose life is turned up side down in unexpected ways after she is mugged by one of her formers pupils, won out against tough competition.

The play was performed online before a live and very appreciative Player Playwrights audience on Monday night. 

The other prizes winners:

Second Place: The Shed by Stephen Dinsdale

A homeless girl takes up residence in the garden shed of a middle class couple, who treat her well even when she has three others join her.  Then COVID strikes; and unexpected kindness is shown all round.  An amusing and heart-warming story.

Third Place: Samaritans by Lynne O’Sullivan

Should we offer a lift to that exhausted couple of hitch-hikers? Or pass on by?

In Lynne’s play the disgruntled couple in the car decide to give them a lift, with interesting consequences.

Forth Place: Hampers by Eamann Breen

A rich lady telephones Fortnum & Masons (or somewhere like that) and orders a hamper to be sent to a relative.  Shortly after she places another order, this time for a hamper to be sent to a friend, and another and another at monthly intervals.  Gradually we realise that she does it because she is lonely and the saleswoman is always so kind to her.  Has an almost happy ending.

Runners up:

Reward points by Peter Briffa

A vagrant (Ben) telephones a rich lady (Miriam) to say he has found her purse, with a lot of money in it: £5000.  They meet and tell each other lies because one of them is setting a trap for the other, or perhaps both are.  Does sex come into it?  Well yes, but it’s a clever plot and I don’t want to spoil it for you.

A Force of Nature by Jim Mannering

Harry and Colette are working long term on a new vaccine and early tests are promising.  They celebrate and realise that they love each other and then there are more tests…..

All of the top plays will be performed live and online in coming weeks. Watch this space.

If you would like to become a member, it is really simple. Email Tony Diggle on for details.


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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