Theatre company Selladoor Worldwide has created a development arm dedicated to new writing, which will launch with a West End showcase later this month.
Selladoor Creation will support the development of plays, musicals, television shows, films and theatre for young people.
Executive creative producer David Hutchinson said the remit was “deliberately broad” to ensure the output from the department is “as varied and far-reaching as possible”.
“We don’t want to miss any opportunities for the creation of exciting new theatre to tell compelling stories by imposing parameters on the department,” he said.
Selladoor Creation will launch with a showcase of two new musicals at the Fortune Theatre on November 12, featuring a cast including performers Oliver Savile, Norman Bowman, Rebecca Trehearn and T’Shan Williams.
The two shows being showcased will mark the centenary of the First World War and are called A Foreign Field by Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal and Julien Salvia, and Poppies by Laura Kaye Thomson.
The new department will be headed up by head of new work Anna Fox.
She said Selladoor Creation would pride itself on “providing a development process tailored to each individual piece or artist”.
“Whatever the development timeline looks like, we are committed to giving our creatives in-depth and comprehensive dramaturgical support throughout the process, and I am proud of how closely Selladoor supports creatives in bringing the most out of the material they produce,” she said.
Selladoor launched in 2009 as Sell a Door Theatre Company and has since staged more than 60 productions and is now operating in four continents.
“This expansion has taken us to the point that we are finally able to realise our goals and launch a creative department dedicated to developing artists and new works,” Hutchinson said.