Manchester ADP

Hope Mill Theatre is proud to be providing support and partnership to Manchester ADP; a local play reading community, founded in 2015.

Manchester ADP will return in 2021, staging regular script-in-hand nights in partnership with Hope Mill Theatre. These events provide a platform for local writers to hear their work ‘aloud’, often for the first time, and gain feedback from peers.

ADP also provides an opportunity for local actors and directors to refine their craft, try out a new skill or work with new people. ADP is a perfect vehicle for a local creative who’s always wanted to try directing, or an actor who is getting back into the industry, or even a seasoned pro who is looking for a way to stay creative.

ADP is open too all and we hope to continue expanding the database of writers, directors and actors with each event we host.


ADP is open for script submissions! We prefer 15-20 minute scripts for the regular events, but writers are welcome to submit full length plays. Be aware if you submit a full length play, it is less likely to be programmed at an event, though you will receive a script appraisal and we will make an effort to host full length scripts on occasion.

To submit a script, simply email your script in adherence to ADP guidelines to and it will go through our appraisal system.

If your script gets a high appraisal it will be programmed for one of our regular nights to receive feedback from a live audience.  If your script gets a lower appraisal and requires re-drafting, we hope you’ll go on that journey with us and utilise our appraisers feedback.

Want to Appraise Scripts?

If you’re interested in joining Manchester ADP as a script appraiser, we would love to have you! This is a volunteer position and you are welcome to opt in / opt out at any time.

Please email for more information.

Actors & Directors

Manchester ADP is always open to new actors & directors to join the team.

These events are script in hand with actors / directors only being required for a few hours of rehearsal in addition to the live event.

If you were a part of the previous database, you should have been emailed about ‘opting in’ to the new system.

To join for the first time simply email with:

Actors – Your Spotlight link / CV, headshot and how you identify

Directors – Your directing CV

Live Events

Live Events are open to all to attend and published on Hope Mill Theatre’s website and social media. So make sure you’re following Hope Mill Theatre and Manchester ADP to be notified about live events and booking a seat.

If you attend an event, please be aware there will be a ‘feedback’ element to the evening where we open out to the audience for their thoughts on the writers script in development. There is, however, no pressure to partake.

All photos by Mark Russell.