Theatre Centre open call-out to playwrights: The Brian Way Award

Theatre Centre have launched their first open call to playwrights for their annual commission: The Brian Way Award.

Named in memory of their founder Brian Way who established Theatre Centre in 1953, The Brian Way Award welcomes expressions of interest on the theme of ‘Treaty’ from professional UK-based playwrights.

One winner will be selected for a full commission, consisting of a 16 month script writing and development process and culminating in a national tour of secondary schools and arts venues in 2019.

What they’re looking for: 

  • An ambitious, visionary and diverse playwright
  • Writers who can demonstrate interest in creating work for young people (no experience of writing theatre for young audiences is required)
  • Proven track record of professional experience
  • Ability to deliver a full length script within 16 months (commissioned in April 2018, show to tour Sept – Nov 2019)
  • Inventive interpretations on the theme of ‘Treaty’
  • Local stories set against a global landscape
  • Plays that make meaning of the contemporary world and interrogate the future of our country
  • 60 minute plays with casts no bigger than 4 actors
  • Plays suitable for a secondary school audience (ages 13 – 18)
  • Plays that can be toured to both venues and educational settings

How to apply:  To apply, send the following to

  • An expression of interest exploring why your writing would excite and benefit the TYA sector (no more than 300 words)
  • A Writer’s CV
  • A Treatment on the theme of Treaty (no more than 2 pages long)
  • 10 pages of an existing script that best showcases your talent (does not need to be a play for young people)
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (which can be found here)

Deadline: 16 February 2018 

Source: Direct Contact

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