Call Out: writing commission opportunity for a new adaptation of Robin Hood

Derby Theatre are looking to commission a professional* writer for a new full length adaptation of Robin Hood for a family audience.  

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Robin Hood will be fully BSL Integrated and captioned to make the production accessible for Deaf and hearing audiences.

The production will follow the success of The Jungle Book by Neil Duffield, and our forthcoming production of Treasure Island by Theresa Heskins.

Production Details

We are also exploring integrated audio description within the adaptation and will be bringing a dramaturg into the team to support the writer.

The cast of 10 of Deaf, disabled and non-disabled actors, actor-musicians, actor-signers (hearing) will be joined by a community ensemble.

We are committed to providing opportunities for ethnically diverse people who experience racism in our society, Deaf or disabled people and people who identify as trans or gender diverse.

We recognise the breadth of people’s intersectionality and the nuance of lived experiences. 

We welcome and encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

* A writer with at least one production that had a professional creative team and a minimum of a one week run.

How To Apply:

For more information or to apply, please email Stuart Allen with 'Robin Hood Commission' in the subject line and send the following documents...

- A completed Equality and Diversity monitoring form

- A full CV with preferred contact details in either written, audio or BSL video format 

- An extract of your previous work, no longer than 10 pages

Download Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Deadline and Selection Process

The deadline to apply is Friday 14 May, 12pm.

We will shortlist by Thursday 10 June and inform all applicants of a yes or no by Friday 11 June.

For those we would to like to discuss the project with further, we will invite to a Zoom chat. We will ensure feedback is given to any unsuccessful applicant who interviews, but please bear with us in sending this.


The production will be scheduled to take place in either winter 2022 or spring 2023.


£7,984.49 (in line with current Writers’ Guild Agreement). Royalty will be paid in line with Writers’ Guild Agreement.

Image: Erin Siobhan Hutching and Bonnie Baddoo in rehearsals for Treasure Island © Robert Day

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