National Playwright Development Programme- Call out

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland is seeking partners with which to collaborate in the formation of a National Playwright Development Programme.    

They want to work in a specific geographical area, outside Glasgow and Edinburgh, to deliver a two-year programme of playwright development support and promotion.  This will be achieved in partnership with local organisations, playwrights, and other writers and artists.   

From 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2021, they will invest £15,000 per year, plus expertise and staff resource, in that local area.  This should be matched by a cash contribution, plus in-kind support from local partners.  



12 November 2018

Week commencing Monday 26 November 2018 – Informing applicants of outcome and visiting areas/inviting shortlist to interviews

Week commencing Monday 3 December 2018 – Visits/interviews with shortlist

Friday 14 December 2018 – Informing shortlist of outcome

Activity commencing from 1st April 2019   

To submit 

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland welcome ambitious ideas, underpinned by strong local knowledge of how to meet the needs of playwrights living and working in the area.    

They will work closely with the partners to devise and deliver a programme of support that ensures that playwrights are at the heart of the programme.     

Typically, this has included, but is not restricted to:  

  • Fee for an Associate Playwright, based in the local area, originally from or closely associated with that area  
  • The formation of a writing group, led by that Associate Playwright, for aspiring and emerging playwrights  
  • TalkFest – a mini-Festival of new writing featuring workshops, script development and rehearsed readings of plays by local writers  

For 2019 only, it is possible for members of the consortia to also apply for a Partner Project of £8000 to form part of this Programme (see Partner Projects).  

Organisations and individuals which could be involved include: local authorities, cultural trusts, theatre companies, schools, youth theatres, social enterprises, community groups, writing groups, playwrights, writers in other genres, other theatre artists such as directors, designers etc.  

Selection criteria: 

There will be:  

  • A strong ambition for supporting and promoting playwrights  
  • Demand for playwright development support from aspiring, emerging or established writers  
  • Genuine involvement of local writers in the delivery programme  
  • A range of partners with a commitment to supporting, developing and promoting local playwrights  
  • A lead, co-ordinating partner with a willingness to work in close partnership with Playwrights’ Studio staff  
  • An indication from local partners that they can match the financial contribution from Playwrights’ Studio in cash and in-kind
  • An intention to continue the support beyond the initial two-year period   


How to apply   

Please prepare and submit an outline proposal by 12 November 2018, that includes:  

  • Details about all members of the consortia, including writers.  These details should describe the different roles the partners will undertake, and indicate who the lead, co-ordinating partner will be  
  • A supporting statement from the consortia describing why they want to work together – and with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland  
  • A summary of proposed activity for 2019/20 – 2020/2021 and how this fits with existing activity in the area (e.g. writers groups, festivals, publications etc.)  
  • A draft timeline and budget  
  • Confirmation of the financial and in-kind contribution that the partners will make.  In kind contributions can include use of physical space or equipment, existing staff costs that will be donated, administrative support etc.   
  • How you anticipate the project being monitored and evaluated  

One individual (a playwright or a representative from an organisation) will have to submit the application in their name.  


Selection and decision-making process  

Submissions will be read and selected by a panel comprising: Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director, Emma McKee, General Manager, Jules Horne, Associate Playwright, and Karen Dick, Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer, Creative Scotland.  

We hope to be able to visit the area/s in advance and make the final decisions based on further conversations.


For more information and to apply please go to

Published on:
3 Sep 2018


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