The Actors Centre in London is to stage a season of new plays created by working-class performers.
The programme is being curated in partnership with Actor Awareness, a campaign set up to create more opportunities for working-class talent in the arts.
It is part of a programme at the Actors Centre showcasing works-in-progress productions by actors, which has previously included a season of work by black female performers and a season themed around mental health.
Actors who identify as working class are able to submit works-in-progress, which use the theme of class as a provocation, to be shown in the season.
Each successful submission will receive a free platform in the Actors Centre’s John Thaw Studio from between one to three nights.
Tom Stocks, founder of Actor Awareness, said: “We are very excited about partnering with the Actors Centre on this season of working-class stories told from the perspective of working-class actors.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for these unique voices to be heard in the heart of London. We want a range of stories all under the theme of class, and the interpretation of this theme is down to the applicants.”
Joel Fisher, chief executive of the Actors Centre, added: “Class continues to be a barrier in our industry, stopping exciting and unique individuals engaging with theatre.
“We are hoping that this season can provide a platform and opportunity to these artists, and continue the conversation on how we can create lasting change.