A Play, A Pie and A Pint- THE DAVID MACLENNAN AWARD 2022 for Scottish playwrights

The David MacLennan Award aims to uncover new writing talent by providing first time writers with the opportunity to have their work professionally developed and produced, before being presented on stage.

In honour of David MacLennan, founder of A Play, a Pie and a Pint (and Scottish theatre legend), this award aims to celebrate his generosity of spirit, his faith in the magic of theatre, his encouragement of others, his excitement about collaboration and an unrelenting belief that anyone could give theatre a go, no matter their previous experience.

This prize is an opportunity for anyone living in Scotland aged 18+ who has never written a professionally produced play before. The finalists will receive an annual pass to see every A Play, a Pie and a Pint show in the 2023 calendar, and the winner will have their work developed and presented as part of the world famous A Play, a Pie and a Pint Spring 2023 Season.


  • Submissions are open to anyone aged 18+, based in Scotland and has never had a play produced professionally before
  • Keep in mind that the plays A [lay, A Pie and A Pint produce are no longer than 45-50mins [this equates to 8000 – 9000 words or 40-50 pages] and feature no more than 3 actors
  • They aren’t asking for submitters to write to a theme or specific provocation, but are looking for brilliant stories, and ask people to consider what makes this a story for now
  • Please do not submit a complete script at this stage as this will not be considered
  • Submissions should not have been published or produced anywhere before and should be written for live performance
  • Submissions should not have previously submitted to PPP
  • Pantomimes, adaptations or translations, or work for young audiences will not be eligible



12pm, 28th February 2022, at which point proposals will be read by and considered by the judging panel. Successful submissions will be longlisted and contacted in the w/c 28th March 2022. The longlist will be made public in the w/c 4th April 2022.

The David MacLennan Award

Published on:
14 Jan 2022
Opportunity deadline:
28 Feb 2022


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