New Readings 2021/22

Call for young playwrights

Playwrights aged 30 and under are invited to participate in the Drama Lab!

The New Readings workshops will take place weekly, from October to March. To begin with, the group of writers will warm up by means of various improvisations (on-stage and written), then reflect on a given topic from a philosophical, sociological and theatre-specific angles, and write, write, write, write, engage in thought-provoking and constructive discussions on their plays-in-the-making, and reflect on feedback and comments given by the visiting dramaturgs, language consultants, directors and actors. The new short plays, which will find inspiration in the forthcoming Baccalaureate reading list, will also be staged as a theatrical omnibus.

Mentor: Simona Hamer

Please send your application with a short CV and your play (or a long scene of your choice) by 30 September 2021 to You will also receive all answers to your questions at this email address.

The jury will select a maximum of five participants from the applications received.

New Readings is a platform for the development and presentation of contemporary (Slovenian) theatre texts within the format of reading performances. It places special focus on the youngest generation of professional playwrights, selected through public invitations.

Simona Hamer is a dramaturgist and playwright, long-term member of Preglej, who has written dozens of theatre plays, adaptations and dramatizations and took part in numerous original projects. In 2017, she got the Slavko Grum Award for Best Theatre Text for her drama play Razglednice ali Strah je od znotraj votel, od zunaj pa ga nič ni (Postcards or Fear is What Fear Does), and this year (2019) also the Gašper Tič Award for her libretto Cimra (Roommate).