The SJ (Stephen Joseph) Showcase Project 2022

3 September 2021

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit adventurous and vibrant ideas, which if successful will be developed with support from professional theatre practitioners at The Cockpit and at The Playground Theatre, in 2022.

Details of the project, guidelines and how to apply will be posted on the ABTT website soon. In the meantime if you have an idea for a project that you want to explore and develop with professional guidance, please send your contact email and address and a short 250 summary of who you are and why you are interested with ‘SJ SHOWCASE’ in the subject line to:


About Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph – ‘SJ’ was arguably one of the most influential and provocative of British theatre practitioners of the last 100 years. Known for taking theatre beyond the confines of the proscenium arch and touring the first professional theatre in the round in the UK, Joseph encouraged a new generation of writers and theatre professionals. He was one of the founders of the ABTT and Society of Theatre Consultants and a prolific author of seminal works on the theatre. Theatre director and producer; University lecturer and tutor, his far-ranging interests and views on new theatre forms inspired those who knew and worked with him.


About The Cockpit

The Cockpit is a fringe theatre in Marylebone, London. Designed by Edward Mendelsohn and built in 1969-70 by the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) as a community theatre, it is notable as London’s first purpose-built Theatre in the round since the Great Fire of London. The Cockpit is committed to helping new talent through the Theatre Maker Programme. The not-for-profit THEATRE IN THE POUND nights are designed for individuals or groups of performers to try out or showcase new work at The Cockpit.

If you are an artist interested in applying for a slot, please click here for more information, or here to apply


About The Playground Theatre

The Playground Theatre is a multidisciplinary performing arts incubator and 100-seat venue in West London, offering a unique development space for artists and the arts community to explore new ideas. By fostering a supportive environment for open-ended experimentation, The Playground serves as a haven for emerging and established artists alike to come and  play—to exercise the essential creative muscles that spark authentic, innovative works. Artists from around the world gather at The Playground to create, learn, develop, and perform, while expanding and redefining standards for successful creative outcomes.

For more information and bookings, please visit: