Of course, it is tough for producing houses. Budgets are tight. The job of reading and assessing work is often given to an already overworked member of staff or even an intern with very little knowledge or professional experience of theatre, though they are keen to make their mark in it. And they sometimes do.
A number of companies have now taken to declaring an open season to receive plays. They announce dates between which synopses, scenes or scripts can be shot at them. Not surprisingly, no updates are given on the process and, as was the case before, a writer can be left hanging for a response.
It is not always bad news. I have, after long waits, been rewarded with productions on stage and radio. But trying to keep the channels open is always an unequal relationship. Maybe that is how a pheasant feels between October and February.