A play-making school by LGBTQ+ artists, for LGBTQ+ artists.
First Dibs will be a safe environment for LGBTQ+ people to develop their talent, gain access to the industry and its networks, and is part of our commitment to improving opportunities for LGBTQ+ artists across the city-region.
First Dibs is a fourteen-week writing course delivered by playwright Chris Hoyle supported by a diverse range of celebrated LGBTQ+ Artists
The course includes:
- Group study of approaches to play-making by established LGBTQ+ playwrights
- Exploration of writers voice, structure, character and dialogue
- Support developing plans for a new play
- Support writing up to twenty minutes of a new play
- Opportunities to share your writing with other industry professionals
- Access to four workshops with celebrated LGBTQ+ play-makers from Dibby’s Pick and Mix strand
- Access to see LGBTQ+ work (digital) and access to LGBTQ+ play-texts for study
- 1 to 1 mentoring session with Dibby Theatre’s Producer
The course will be delivered online with some in-person sessions held at Waterside Arts in Sale (dependent on Covid-19 restrictions).
Course participants will receive a bursary of £1,000 and a package of access and travel costs.
- First Dibs is for early-stage career LGBTQ+ writers who live in Greater Manchester.
- You need to identify as LGBTQ+ to apply but your writing does not need to focus on your sexual/gender identity unless you want it to
- You must be 18 or over, but there is no upper age limit.
- You must have an interest in making theatre for performance and have an idea or story you would like to tell in a live performance.
- You must have had no more than one professional credit as a playwright or play-maker of a full length production (over 50 minutes for a paying audience) – excluding fringe productions, self-produced work, micro-commissions and scratch performances.
The course will take place in weekly sessions lasting three hours from 15 March to 2 July 2021 (with two holiday breaks mid-way through) – we will decide weekly date and time as a group with successful applicants.
Sessions will be run online. If Covid-19 restrictions ease, we may run some in-person sessions at Waterside Arts in Sale, Greater Manchester.
You will be expected to read, watch and study plays set by the course leader and also commit to doing writing exercises and developing your own play each week too.
In total they expect course participants to commit about 8 hours of their time each week.
Mon 15 February 2021 – EOI closes 3pm
Mon 22 February 2021 – shortlist announcement
The shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a longer application and submit a short extract of their work.
There will be an online application group workshop ‘surgery’ to support Stage Two applicants with their submissions w/comm 22 February 2021.
Sun 28 February 2021 – Stage Two applications close 5pm
Successful applicants will be announced on or around Friday 5 March 2021.
Stage Two applicants will be paid £50 to acknowledge the labour involved in completing the application.