Who Are We?

New writing. It's what we do. From 1997 to 2013 we did it in a pub but now we're doing it all over the place! We upped sticks from the Alma Tavern Theatre, the venue we created, in 2014 and since then we've been visiting venues around Bristol and beyond, working with some of the region's most creative organisations, producing some of the sparkiest new writing around.

We have produced well over 100 new plays, from simple 10 minute curtain raisers to ambitious full length pieces. We work with writers, giving support in various ways to help them develop their work and their practice. Over the years it's been brilliant to watch the blossoming careers of writers we've worked with early on as they've gone on to bigger things.

Some of those writers have said some nice things about us! Click here to read what they had to say

We are thrilled to have been selected as a Bristol Old Vic Associate Company. Literary Manager Ben Atterbury said:

"We are so delighted to have the iconic Theatre West as one of BOV's 2024 - 2026 Associate Companies. Women writers are at the heart of everything Theatre West do & we hope that our new partnership will allow them to increase and amplify the script development support they can offer to women across the region. The barriers for women playwrights are well documented, and we hope this support will enable Theatre West to be bigger and bolder in their incredible ambition to get more women voices heard."

Thanks so much - we can't wait to get started!

Theatre West is led by Alison Comley and Ann Stiddard