Available at  Nick Hern Books .

Available at Nick Hern Books.

script consultancy

Want to get your play produced but are constantly turned down by theatres? Struggling to re-draft your play? Stuck on a plot point or difficult character? I can help.

I am the editor of Stephen Jeffreys’ Playwriting: Structure, Character, How and What to Write (Nick Hern Books, 2019). I worked closely with Stephen for many years, as the administrator of his playwriting masterclass.

Before working with Stephen, I worked at Out of Joint Theatre Company as PA to the Artistic Director, Administrator and Education Manager. I co-wrote Page to Stage: Our Country’s Good (Nick Hern Books, 2010) with Max Stafford-Clark. I read and selected scripts for the company.

In 2008, I did the Soho Theatre Young Writers’ course. I have had short plays produced by the Soho Theatre and National Youth Theatre.



*I am not currently accepting script consultancy work.

What can you expect?

I will write a script report tailored to your play. It will cover the topics in Playwriting ­– structure, character, how and what to write. For an idea of what I can offer see my blog, where I write about London plays from a writer’s perspective.

How long will it take?

It depends on my availability, but usually not more than two weeks. I will let you know when you contact me.


I’ve known Maeve since we did the Soho Theatre Young Writers’ course together in 2008. Over the years, she’s read and seen several of my plays and I’ve always found her feedback to be insightful and generous.
— Afsaneh Gray, winner of the 2018 The Brian Way Award, member of the Bush Theatre Emerging Writers' Group.
Available at  Nick Hern Books  and  Amazon .

Available at Nick Hern Books and Amazon.

In September 2016, Maeve at my request read a two-act play I had written, entitled The End of the Day, and subsequently sent me a detailed and very acute critique of it, pointing out its strengths but also highlighting its failings and limitations. Her reflections, which were the fruit of years involved in London theatre at the highest creative level, led directly to my decision shortly afterwards to abandon this play and write a completely different one on the same subject (the collapse of standards in print journalism in the digital age). This new play, Bloody Macguffin, was produced in a rehearsed reading at Tristan Bates Theatre, London, in November 2017 to general acclaim. I am duly grateful to Maeve for her wisdom and kindness.
— Peter Popham, former foreign correspondent with The Independent, author of The Lady & the Peacock, (2011), and The Lady and the Generals (2015).


The book has been completed by editor and script consultant McKeown as, sadly, Jeffreys did not manage to complete it with her ... Playwriting is a masterfully adept and complete guide to not only finding what you want to write about, but also how to do it.
— Kelly McElroy, Broadway World UK
this reviewer is tipping Playwriting to be the best theatre book of 2019.
— Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide
Playwriting: Structure, Character, How and What to Write, was finished by McKeown in November and published last month by Nick Hern Books. It will undoubtedly benefit playwriting hopefuls for generations, with its plain speaking, common sense and accessibility.
— Nick Smurthwaite, The Stage
For over two decades, Stephen Jeffreys ran a hugely successful series of workshops that attracted writers from all over the world and shaped the work of many of today’s successful writers. Edited by Maeve McKeown, the book, which he was working on right up until his early death in 2018, lovingly curates his unique voice. And one of the triumphs of the book is that you feel that Jeffreys is talking to you directly, writer to writer, theatre lover to theatre lover.
— Paul T Davies, BritishTheatre.com