A 2016 challenge: 29 Plays Later returns!


If you thought writing 28 plays in 28 days was easy-peasy, how about writing 29 plays in 29 days?!

Yes, due to popular demand, 28 Plays Later is back and – as this year is a leap year – it’s bigger and better than ever. We already have some exciting tasks for you, offering unique opportunities for you writers.

Last year 115 writers started the process, with 83 completing it. 2,694 plays were written in that month, and while some may never be read again, others have already been performed all around the world!

So… what are you waiting for? Have you committed to challenging your creativity in 2016? We’ve got just the thing for you … 29 Plays Later!


Well, during the month of February 2016, you will have to write one short play every day.

Plays can be good, bad, terrible, embarrassingly dreadful – the only thing that’s important is that you write them on that day.

Ahhh, I get it. How does it work?

You commit £15 to the project and the money will be split between all the survivors who make it 29 plays later (minus 20% administration fee), last year this meant that everyone who completed received just over £16 (making it a commission of just under 4p per play). But who cares about the money, right? We’re doing it for the plays! (OK, and a little bit about the money).

Naaah, sounds way too scary and challenging for me.

This is not as complicated or as hard as you may think. Plays really don’t have to be good (and let’s be honest, they’re very unlikely to be) but hopefully you might come up with a few good ideas, which you could develop at a later stage.

I don’t have time. I’m way too busy at work!

You don’t need to dedicate too much time for it, either, you could write the play on your commute to work or even in the toilet (I’m not saying I did do that, but I’m not saying I didn’t!)

Fine, I’m in! What are the rules?

1. To register, email Sebastian at He will send you account details to donate £15 by 29th of January.

2. During February, you will receive an inspiring instruction every day at about 10pm, to help you along the way and get your creative juices flowing. You don’t have to follow the instructions, but boy is it more fun if you do! You will then have 36 hours to write and send your play in, which will be due by 10am the following-following day.

3. You will send the play to – don’t miss the deadline, or you will be disqualified.

4. At the beginning of March, the money will be divided between all those who have managed to write, and send 29 short plays.

Want to make it more fun? Encourage all your friends to do it as well.

Will anybody read my works of genius?

When we’re all done, us locals could meet at the Space and read some of our best submissions, whilst drinking some of our best beers. But only for those who want to share any of them.

So, that’s it! What are you waiting for? Join the challenge and let’s do some art! (or 29 short plays) …

P.S – a huge thank you to our friends in Chicago for allowing us to borrow their idea (I say borrow… I mean steal!)


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