The Progressive Playwright Award – Tron Theatre (Scottish writers only)

The Progressive Playwright returns – with a twist! Due to a high demand from playwrights – and the success of previous seasons, this Autumn The Tron Theatre in Glasgow is offering playwrights at all stages of their careers, that are Scottish or based in Scotland, the opportunity to become the recipient of the new Progressive Playwright Award.

The winner of this award will receive a £2000 bursary to develop their work up to seventy minutes and receive creative and production support to stage a ‘work in progress’ rehearsed reading at the Tron in June 2016.

Another new twist this season is that there are three themes for the monthly events that The Tron would like you to base your plays around. These themes are: ‘Love,’ ‘Labour’ and ‘Loss.’ Plays can be submitted based on one of these for any given month. Submissions should be anonymous.

As in previous seasons, the audience will vote for the script that they feel should be progressed at the next event. This time however, the top two will then be submitted to the final event in January 2016.  The successful writers will have the opportunity to take on feedback given, look at the strengths and weaknesses of their script, and develop their piece further for the final in January.  These scripts will be progressed up to a maximum of 20 pages (including the initial first 10).
In January all six 20 minute plays will then be performed as a rehearsed readings in front of an audience and a panel of industry experts. This judging panel will then choose one play to win overall and receive the bursary.
Each playwright submitted to the final in January will receive:
  • Two mentoring sessions to develop their piece up to twenty minutes
  •  Rehearsal and development time prior to the final
  •  A writer’s fee and a nominal performance fee

The winner of the Progressive Playwright Award will receive:

  • A £2000 bursary to complete a full length play (up to 70 minutes) based on their progressed play
  •  Four mentoring sessions
  • One week development with a director and cast
  • A writer’s rehearsal fee for development week
  • Three performed ‘work in progress’ rehearsed readings productions in the Changing House
  • Marketing and Production support from the Tron.
Deadlines and dates of events:
September 17 will be directed by Beth Morton
Submissions open from now until August 21 @midday
October 29 will be directed by Paul Brotherston
Submissions open from September 18th until September 30th @midday
November 19 will be directed by Joe Douglas
Submissions open from 1st October until 23rd October
How to submit: for full guidelines and to submit, visit the website.
Deadline: 21 August 2015 (for next event, see above for future events)
Source: BBC Writers Room

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