Two commissions for Edinburgh 2020 -University of Worcester

Building on a pilot Edinburgh project this year, wherein students are collaborating with playwrights Katie Bonna and Michelle Barnette to create two original shows for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, Worcester University are now looking for two inspiring playwrights to collaborate with  students on the creation of two new plays to be performed at the EFF 2020.

The fee for each commission is £3,000 inclusive of all drafting, workshop and rehearsal attendance. A programme of visits to the University will agreed and travel expenses and overnight accommodation (where appropriate) will be paid at the standard University rate.


  • Each produced play will need to work for and with the 6 – 8 students involved, and accommodate their skills and interests.
  • They are potentially interested in any style of play (appropriate for EFF), and are also open to writers who can see room for physical theatre/dance or music within the piece.
  • They want to explore two different approaches to the commissions;
    • Play 1 drafted mostly in autumn 2019 (process to include some engagement with the students); first draft delivered by December 2019 and a good rehearsal draft by mid-January 2020, followed by minor re-writes completed by end February.
    • Play 2 created through collaborative rehearsal process with some initial engagement with the students in the autumn 2019, followed by regular sessions with the students throughout late January and February 2020. Final draft to be produced by early March.

Applicants should have

  • similar experience of creating work collaboratively, preferably in a university or drama school context
  • experience and understanding of what can work at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • had at least one full-length play professionally produced.
  • Writers wishing to be considered for play two must be able to demonstrate experience in working quickly and responsively as part of devising rehearsal process.

Published on:
4 Apr 2019


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