What are we looking for?

Power Play are on the search for a female-identifying or non-binary writer to create and develop a new play set and staged site-specifically in a real nail bar/beauty salon. This would be approximately one hour in length with a small cast. We would consider the successful show for a run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2021 and/or London run in 2021. The writer’s fee for this would be in line with Equity guidelines. 


Why a nail/beauty salon?

We are interested in exploring a nail/beauty salon because of its resonance as a space of unusual intimacy, female community, and shared storytelling. What happens when people come into contact during the intimate beauty ritual of having their nails done? What words are said or left unspoken, as feet and hands are washed and tended to by a relative stranger? What are the stories of the customers and/or beauticians?


Nail salons often encapsulate many of the power dynamics, prejudices and challenges we face in contemporary society, such as race, class, worker exploitation, female beauty standards and consumerism. We are looking to find a writer who will engage with one or any of these pressing, timely themes to create a lively, bold and original piece of storytelling. Through situating a story in a nail salon we hope to attract fresh new audiences, particularly young women (aged 16-25). 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please send a short bio (300 words max), an outline of your proposal (500 words max) and some examples of your writing to contact@powerplaytheatre.com by 6pm on 4 MAY 2020. 

Power Play Theatre CIC 

Company No 11361707
174 Trellick Tower, Golborne Road, London, W10 5UU