Graeae’s Write to Play comes to South West England!

Write to Play is Graeae’s flagship new writing programme devoted to developing the skills and experience of D/deaf and disabled writers nationwide. Since its inception, the programme has developed the careers of 25 playwrights, including Jackie Hagan, whose first play Cosmic Scallies was co-produced by Graeae and the Royal Exchange Manchester in August 2017.

They are delighted that, for the programme’s sixth year, they will be bringing the programme to the South West of England, working with partner organisations Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wiltshire Creative, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath.

If you’re passionate about theatre, keen to write for the stage and gain experience, they want to hear from you.

What you get: the programme will offer you 1:1 mentoring, craft-focused writing workshops, specialist master classes led by leading playwrights and practitioners, a two-week placement at one of their partner organisations, and the opportunity to develop two short pieces and a full length play, and to share work-in-progress with an audience.

All access requirements will be met, including sign language interpreters and access support workers.

Write to Play is a paid opportunity and you will get a bursary of £1800 (paid in installments) for your participation. Expenses related to participation, such as travel and accommodation, are also covered by the programme.

The programme will run from January 2019-December 2019. All activity will take place in the South West.

What they are looking for: 

(Writers who:)

  • Have a passion for theatre and live performance
  • Have some previous experience of writing for theatre and are committed to developing a professional career in writing for the stage
  • Live in South West England*
  • Identify as D/deaf or disabled**

*includes the counties of Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

**Graeae follows the social model of disability. You are eligible if you identify as D/deaf or disabled and/or if you have experienced barriers to participation due to access requirements not being met or due to societal/attitudinal barriers related to your impairment.

Applications will only be considered if applicants are eligible.

How to apply: applications open on 3 August, find out more here. 

Deadline: 3 September 2018 at 12pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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