Playwrights Studio Scotland- Play Development Bursaries

A Play Development Bursary is an opportunity to receive financial and practical support to create the first full draft of a new play.

The aim of the bursary is to help create space for playwrights to invest time, with momentum, in a new piece of work up to first draft stage. It is a chance to experiment and explore an idea when they may not otherwise have space to do so.

Open to early career and professional playwrights, four bursaries are available, including one for a playwright writing in Gaelic. The Bursaraidh Leasachaidh Dealbh-chluich Gàidhlig is supported by Comhairle nan Leabhraichean. Each bursary offers the financial support, space, skills sessions, development, and community support over the course of a year to help you create your next play.

To be eligible to apply for a Play Development Bursary, you should:

  • Have had at least one play produced paid at industry rates. For example, you might have had plays produced by a theatre company or have produced your own work AND/OR have experience of being the writer in the room, developing your work in a workshop environment, through rehearsed readings or working with others to improve your skills.
  • Be resident in Scotland.
  • Be available on 14 January 2022 for the Playwright Induction Day.
  • Anticipate being able to complete a Play Development Bursary by 31 March 2023.

They are unable to accept applications from playwrights who:

  • Are in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Play Development Bursary.
  • Have directly received support from Playwrights’ Studio in the previous 18 months (this doesn’t include attending workshops or groups run by us).

Financial support
£3,634 (This is equivalent to the equivalent to a first draft fee under the Scottish Society of Playwrights/Federation of Scottish Theatre commissioning agreement).

A week-long writing retreat at Cove Park or equivalent venue for space to work on the script. We cover travel expenses and provide a daily allowance for food and refreshments.

Access to a desk in the Tom McGrath Writers’ Room in the CCA is available on request for the duration of the Bursary.

Skills sessions
The skills sessions are optional group activities available to you as playwright currently being supported by Playwrights’ Studio. These often take the form of workshops, Q&A’s and panel discussions.

Three two-hour sessions with either an Associate Playwright or an external theatre professional. Support will be tailored to focus on whatever you feel you need to best develop your script.

A one-day script development workshop with a professional director and actors.

Playwrights’ Studio will create spaces for you to make connections with your peers within the industry. This includes the Playwright Induction Day, a group visit to the theatre, invitations to meet key practitioners in Scottish theatre and social events with other playwrights.

Key dates
You will be able to set specific dates for your individual support sessions around your own availability. Below is a rough timeline of group activity.

14 January Playwright Induction Day
18 February Skills session 1
18 March Skills session 2
22 April Skills session 3
Aug/Sept Skills session 4


5pm, Tuesday 12 October 2021.


Published on:
17 Sep 2021
Opportunity deadline:
12 Oct 2021


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