Welcome to Speak as One

A writing project for the whole community

Speak as One is a community-wide writing project, challenging writers to create a short piece of drama for voices. The project is now closed for entries, but received almost 40 submissions from writers young and old, first-timers and professionals. We have selected some of our favourites for recording and sharing, using a cast of professional actors, and many of the others can be downloaded from this page as documents to read. 

We hope that the project serves as an insightful collage of how our community was feeling during lockdown - what were our preoccupations and what themes emerged? We have been delighted by the range and quality of those submissions we received, and hope you enjoy listening to (and reading) the results.

Listen to the plays on the Speak As One Podcast

If you are interested in writing your own piece, you will find a range of resources and video masterclasses on this page to help you. 

Our Reader's Panel included:

Mike Bartlett - Writer of Doctor Foster, King Charless III and numerous radio plays. 

Jo Higgins - Former Chipping Norton Youth Theatre Director

Emily Moseley - Producer for Watermill Theatre

Ed Jaspers - Freelance Producer and Theatre-maker

Sarah Terry - Primary School Teacher

plus many other theatre professionals, writers and actors. 

Speak as One was produced with the help of emergency funding from Arts Council England. It was based on an original concept by William Arnold.