Le Nouvel Ensemble



In the heart of the city of Chelmsford, Mad Apple Collective are proud to present Le Nouvel Ensemble (The New Set); our new writing programme which enables new and emerging writers to have their work given a reading by handpicked actors to an open audience for constructive feedback.

It’s the only opportunity of its kind that we are aware of in Essex, and we are proud to have in the heart of Chelmsford.

How does it work?

Le Nouvel Ensemble is a relaxed and supportive environment. Held on the 1st floor of Cafe Rouge (Chelmsford) on the first Thursday of every month (starting September 7th) from 7.30pm, between 2 and 4 pieces of new writing will be selected in advance for each evening. From a pool of handpicked local actors, these pieces will be given a rehearsed reading in front of an open audience. After the performance, the audience and actors will have the chance to provide constructive feedback and comments. We strongly encourage the writer(s) to attend to participate in this process.

Why submit work for Le Nouvel Ensemble?

Mad Apple Collective was founded and is managed today by a small group of aspiring playwrights and performing arts practitioners; we understand the need for opportunities like this. For anyone who seriously wants to hear their work performed in a supportive and constructive environment ahead of submitting it to a theatre, production company or open opportunity, this opportunity is really useful.

The success of the scratch nights, one-act play festivals and open submission calls by theatres and theatre companies up and down the UK are testament to the fact that now more than ever, opportunities are there and competition is fierce.

The chance to have work performed and receive feedback ahead of submission or even further performance is absolutely vital in our opinion.

How do I submit work?

E-mail us your script at madapplecollective@gmail.com with ‘Le Nouvel Ensemble Submission’ as the subject. If you have any questions, you can e-mail us at that address or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

How do I join the pool of actors?

E-mail us  at madapplecollective@gmail.com with ‘Le Nouvel Ensemble Actor Application’ as the subject, explaining your experience and why you wish to join the pool. If you have any questions, you can e-mail us at that address or contact us via Facebook or Twitter. Please note nobody receives payment for any work on Le Nouvel Ensemble, and this includes the actors.

How do I attend as an audience member?

Simply turn up on the evening you wish to attend by 7.30pm. There may be a small charge on the door – check back for details.