A STATEMENT FROM THE ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE – JULY 2020
The impact of Covid-19 on the Royal Exchange Theatre is monumental, and we have been working incredibly hard to ensure the survival and the future…
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is making plans for the next prize round. Ordinarily January is when the application process for the Prize opens – but the past 12months have not been ordinary, and we feel it’s important that we take time to respond to the new landscape in which we all find ourselves. As always we are keen that that The Bruntwood Prize provides the space in which writers of all abilities can explore their craft, so we want to let everyone know that we are still here, planning and preparing for a Prize that will happen soon – so watch this space.
Telling and sharing stories, together in a single space has never felt so important. We know that theatres, arts and culture will play a vital role in how we begin to process everything that has happened to us and our world in the last 12months. Since it’s launch in 2005 the Bruntwood Prize has gone through many changes and prides itself on being responsive to the needs of the writer.
As always, we want to support the writing process this website is full of free workshops and advice from some incredible playwrights. In 2019 we produced a beginner’s toolkit – a step-by-step guide by professional writers covering everything from how to get started to character, story, dialogue, structure, theatricality and re-drafting.
This year we are producing a second toolkit addressing writing for now, offering expert advice from professional writers who will share their experiences including writing for the digital space, creating audio drama and ways to find inspiration in the everyday. Writeaplay.co.uk is a free resource for anyone interested in writing. It highlights a range of events and opportunities available to playwrights and offers an extensive archive of resources featuring workshops with incredible professional writers, including Anna Jordan, Simon Stephens, Tanika Gupta and Winsome Pinnock.
Suzanne Bell, dramaturg at the Royal Exchange said…
This has been a remarkably strange time for everyone and we need to recognise that the theatre landscape is not the same. There are many exciting opportunities that we can embrace in the future but we also need to acknowledge how much it takes to put pen to paper and write a play. While we endeavour to support anyone interested in playwriting through the myriad of resources on our website, the actual writing of a play rests on the shoulders of the playwright and we want to support you all to take the time, thought and care required to be creative and pour your heart and soul into your work. We can’t wait to launch again, to read all those plays but we also need time to make sure that when we do, we are ready to give each writers work the dedicated time and attention it deserves.