Kudos and The Royal Court Theatre – new writing fellowship

Kudos and The Royal Court Theatre have jointly launched a new writing fellowship to support emerging writing talent for both theatre and television.

Three writers will each be offered a £10,000 bursary, funded by Kudos, to enable them to focus purely on their writing for six months. During this time they will have the opportunity to be supported by The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos.

The fellowships are specifically aimed at writers already establishing a writing career, but who perceive barriers in getting their work developed and produced in theatre and television because of class, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity, geography or any other barrier.

The three £10,000 bursaries will support writers for a period of six months from January 2019. During this time, they will be able to challenge and take part in the work of the Royal Court and Kudos. There will also be opportunities to see productions, meet other leading writers in theatre and television and have ongoing artistic conversations with staff at both organisations.



16th November 2018.

They will let you know on Friday 7 December whether you have been shortlisted.


Applicants need to submit a theatre script and additional supporting information including details on why this opportunity would be life changing Your play must be intended for the stage and not for film, television or radio. It should not be an adaptation of a story from another medium.

They will consider the following questions when reading the submitted plays and applications:

  • What are the perceived barriers identified by the writer?
  • How would this opportunity have a long term impact on the writer?
  • What kind of work is the writer excited and inspired by?
  • How does the play make us see the world in a different way through the writer’s originality of voice, exceptional skill and bold execution of their ideas?

All entries will be considered by a team of readers at the Royal Court who will create a longlist of entries. These will then be read by a member of the Royal Court’s artistic team who will shortlist ten writers. This shortlist will be read by the Royal Court and Kudos teams and each writer will meet with key members of both organisations including Vicky Featherstone (Artistic Director, Royal Court Theatre) and Sarah Stack (Head of Development, Kudos). This chat will be an opportunity to hear more about each writer’s experience to date and hear about their play in more detail.

They will choose three writers who we feel, with this support, will go on to make a significant contribution to theatre and TV and the cultural life of the UK and beyond.

To read more and apply please go to https://royalcourttheatre.com/playwriting/kudosfellowships/

Published on:
23 Oct 2018


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