For the Dilys Guite Players

General Information

Do you have a budding idea for a published play that you would like to direct at the Lantern Theatre for the Dilys Guite Players?


If you do, please fill out the form below and email it to Danny Smith at with the subject header “Production Proposal”.


Please read the below in full prior to submitting the Director’s Proposal Form.


All forms submitted will be considered by our Creative Team. They will then discuss your proposal to see if there is a space in our programme for your production to be staged.


A member of the Creative Team will then be in touch regarding your proposal. 


If there is potential for your play to be produced, you will be invited to a Creative Team meeting to pitch your production. This will be an informal chat with the team that lasts around ten to fifteen minutes. It is a chance for us to ask the relevant questions about your proposed production, giving us more of an idea as to whether your proposal is the right fit for our programme. This is also an opportunity for you to show us your passion for the project and to ask us any questions that you may have.


If your proposal is successful, you will be allocated a “buddy” from the Creative Team, they will then be in touch regarding the success of your proposal. Your buddy will act as your first point of contact throughout the process. This will be an arrangement between you and them in which you can use them as much or as little as you wish. They are there to make the process as seamless as possible, helping you with your project, reminding you of suggested deadlines for the “adminny bits”, and pointing you in the right direction when required.


Please note:

  • For a production, we recommend three months minimum of rehearsals and auditions to ensure the quality of productions.

  • The dates available for productions to be staged are limited to what we have available – this is dependant on external hires, current productions, and the general needs of the Lantern Theatre.

    • It may be that the dates you have requested are unavailable. If so, the Creative Team will hold your proposal on file and may be in touch at a future date.

  • Although we welcome all proposals regardless of your experience, it may be that the Creative Team see it fit to pair you up with an experienced director for a different production first, just to get you comfortable with the way we work. This will be as a result of conversations between yourself and the Creative Team.

  • A successful proposal does not guarantee that the play can be produced. The first action taken by your buddy is an attempt to acquire the performance rights from the relevant rights holder. Unfortunately, if we are unable to acquire the performance rights, the production will not be able to go ahead.


Any questions, please don’t hesitate to email



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