Applications now open for Year 5 of Tamasha Playwrights

Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective of emerging playwrights from diverse cultural backgrounds. Writers meet for weekly sessions in Tamasha’s office from October to July.

The content of each session is determined by its participants, and can include any aspect of playwriting; self-producing; fundraising; teaching; writing for radio; visiting speakers; and more.

Founded by Artistic Director Fin Kennedy in 2014, the aims of Tamasha Playwrights are:

  • to offer long-term career development in a supportive environment to emerging playwrights from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • to train playwrights as producers, fundraisers, workshop leaders and project managers, as well as offering craft-based session on playwriting itself.
  • to support and encourage members to be the creative leads on their own project ideas, and to empower them to make a living as artists in between play commissions.
  • to offer regular showcase opportunities to promote the writers to the wider theatre industry.

Previous graduates have gone on to win awards and commissions including: Rabiah Hussain (Spun at the Arcola, BBC Drama Room), Iman Qureshi (Papatango Prize winner), Guleraana Mir (Coconut national tour), Amy Ng (Acceptance at Hampstead Theatre), Asif Khan (Combustion national tour), and Yolanda Mercy (Quarter Life Crisis national tour).

It’s free to take part. They actively encourage applications from writers of colour. A limited number of bursaries to contribute towards travel costs may be available to writers from outside of London.

They are grateful for support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to provide regional bursaries for Tamasha Playwrights.

What to submit: applicants need to submit one full-length play (60+ mins) a CV and a letter outlining where they are in their career and their reasons for applying.

All applicants will need to make clear in what way diversity is embedded in their creative practice and why they are applying to Tamasha specifically as a BAME-led theatre company.

How to apply: please email applications to with ‘Tamasha Playwrights Application’ in the subject line.  Please also include a completed Data Form with your application.

Deadline: 28 September 2018 at midday

Source: @Playwriting_UK

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