New Play Commission Scheme: what writers need to know

Thu, 26 May 2022

19:00 – 20:00 BST

Join David Edgar, architect of the NPCS, for an online conversation about this important new “lifeline for writers”.

Designed to respond to the decline in new theatre commissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPCS will ensure 15 new commissions for playwrights across England in 2022.

David Edgar, acclaimed playwright and former WGGB President, will explain why the scheme came into being, who it’s designed for, and how you can apply. There will also be a chance to ask your own questions about the current state of theatre and and the commissioning of new writing in general.

As David says, “Our extraordinary times should inspire a golden age of new playwriting, not least by playwrights from communities which have hitherto been under-represented. Without positive encouragement for commissioning new plays now, great plays on great themes may be lost. The aim of the scheme is to prevent that happening.”

For more information and to apply, visit the WGGB website. The closing date is 24th June 2022.

The NPCS is a partnership between the WGGB, HighTide Theatre, UK Theatre and the Independent Theatre Council, and has been generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre through the Theatre Development Trust. It has also raised £50,000 in donations from major producers, actors, writers, and Faber, who will award an additional £5,000 to the best play by an unpublished writer.

Published on:
11 May 2022


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