WriteForTheStage Books  

  WriteForTheStage Publishing   

WriteForTheStage is all about getting you writing and then helping the work find a life after the course. We've got lots of ways of helping you do that with the various levels of courses we have on offer, but what better way to immortalise your words and get them out to the world than the good, old-fashioned medium of print in paperback and the not-so-old-fashioned digital e-book. WriteForTheStage Publishing was developed just for this purpose - to give performed work an additional outlet, a potential revenue stream and a wider audience with the potential to get the work performed around the country and, maybe, the world.


All work produced through the course is considered for publication (with the agreement of the writer, of course). To ensure we produce the best possible draft for publication, we require the piece to have been through a full, thorough rehearsal process with appropriate scripting amendments and a run of public performances (outside of and in addition to Development Week) with further audience feedback, used to create a final, post-rehearsal draft which is finally committed to print.


Mike Heath's The Call Of Nature, is the first book published by WriteForTheStage Publishing and is available on paperback and in Kindle format on Amazon. WriteForTheStage Publishing will be formally launching in 2016 with two more plays, written by past-participants of the WriteForTheStage courses.



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The Call Of Nature by Mike Heath - £7.99 from Amazon.co.uk


Abe is training to be a Catholic priest, but some of what he is told to preach doesn't sit comfortably, especially the stuff about sex and love. The night before his ordination, he goes out to find out who he is, what he wants and whether he should complete his training. Picked up as a rave-pet by Gaby and Adam, tonight's events will change everything forever. Should they save God from the church?


A play about sex, love, religion and the roots of homophobia. A dark play, tinged with humour.




“Pushes the boundaries of normal theatre…a piece of pure brilliance bordering on lyrical genius….all guns blazing, this is a play not to be missed.”

Rob Gemmel, Lancashire Life


“The Call of Nature is a clever, witty, challenging play…not for the faint-hearted, we strongly encourage you to try and get a ticket…”

Iain Scott, Canal-Street.co.uk


“A story that at first seemed focused on sex, drink, and drugs added layers of mystery almost every minute.”

Fran Slater, The Manchester Reviews

First performed at Studio Salford at The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford. MAY 2015







Barbara The Zoo Keeper by RP Douglas - £7.99 from Amazon.co.uk


Barbara McDougal always dreamed of being a zoo keeper and now she is one. The trouble is, the animals keep meeting untimely ends and well-meaning Barbara is nearly always inadvertantly responsible. 

Meet Barbara, Judith and Fleetwood and find out all about the Giant Panda Plan, who has custody of Filthy Allen and what exactly happened to Racist Julie…? 

Barbara The Zoo Keeper is the first production from Write4TheStage Productions - the production wing of Studio Salford Write For The Stage courses. This piece has been developed through the Intro and Advanced courses.




"Barbara The Zoo Keeper is a great debut for RP Douglas. It delivered a big dollop of something that is often missing from a lot of plays – fun. Not only was it a complete joy to watch, it looked like the cast were having a whale of a time performing it. I look forward to seeing what is next from this exciting new talent."

Tracey-Anne Thompson, The Good Review

First performed at Studio Salford, The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford. MAY 2014



Bleeding With Mother by Sarah Cassidy - £7.99 from Amazon.co.uk

A black comedy that centres around the Nolans and their neighbours, Doug and Sheila, as they gather around the coffin of the dearly departed Sal. What lies ahead is a seance and a reconciliation with the past. What lies beneath the coffin is a small fortune. Bleeding With Mother is a brand new play about mortality, morality, money and family.


FIrst performed at Gullivers, Manchester. MAY 2016.

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One Flesh by Naomi Sumner - £7.99 from Amazon.co.uk

What does it mean to love, honour and obey? Esther and Natalie are in love and want the approval of those they care about. But Esther's brother, Caleb, thinks that God doesn't approve. Should they play things by The Book and cancel their plans for marriage? Will faith and family determine who they love?


"Explores big issues of faith, doubt, identity and hypocrisy - and puts a range of relationships under the microscope. Brilliantly written and acted."

Rev. Mike Starkey

First performed at Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, Manchester, FEBRUARY 2016

All Tomorrow's Parties by Mike Heath - £7.99 from Amazon

Claire hasn't left the flat for 3 months after husband, Pierre, unceremoniously left her. Jimmy has an idea that he thinks will bring her back to the life of the living. But Andy (Jimmy's boyfriend) has other ideas about what might cheer her up. A dramatic comedy about artificial insemination, infidelity and living forever.



"takes us full circle through grief into light humour back through to heartfelt drama"

Rob Gemmel, Lancashire Life


"a gripping story bursting with dramatic tension and a good few laughs"

Jennifer Dutton, Salford Online

First performed at Studio Salford, The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford. OCTOBER 2013

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The Rise and Demise of Kenneth Kennedy-Smythe by Mike Heath - £7.99 from Amazon

The Americans have struck France with no apparent motive. Kenneth, war correspondant for the BBC, finds himself publicly disgraced and silenced after expressing personal disgust at the actions of the attackers. Kenneth's girlfriend, Jennifer, royal correspondent for the BBC and ceaseless social climber, finds herself caught up in a propaganda trap after being given a position of media power. Her task - to detract the media away from the war...


"Will definitely alter your view of the world and how we see it, or are allowed to see it. When the power of war takes on the power of the word, sometimes the pen is truly mightier than the sword."

Rob Gemmel, Lancashire Life

"This is a play that makes you think very hard about the world."

Tracey-Ann Thompson, The Good Reviews

First performed at Studio Salford, The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford. NOVEMBER 2006

Plays: One by Mike Heath - £15.99 from Amazon


Plays: One is Mike Heath's first collection of critically acclaimed comedies, spanning 2003-2009. Performed extensively around the North West of England, Wales and Western Australia, this is the first time these plays have been in print together as a celebration of his early work.


Includes The Game of Two Halves, The Rise & Demise of Kenneth Kennedy-Smythe, Cake, HotShot and Plus One...?




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