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We have witnessed how a little support can go a long way for writers who are at pivotal points in their careers. Being able to take some time to focus on writing instead of pulling pints can prevent a writer’s career from stalling. Some of the people we have supported at just the right time have gone on to work for major BBC television shows, Netflix, and the National Theatre.
Due to the current crisis, we believe artists need help more than ever; otherwise we could risk losing many bold, brilliant, and exciting voices. To help during this difficult time our new artist support programme will release over £20,000 to support writers in the North of England. We're keen to support early career writers. By this we mean people who have already had at least one of their plays staged as a full-length production (60+ mins infront of a paying audience).
WRITER SUPPORT PLAN
As a charity we share responsibility with other organisations to help get our industry back on its feet and stand in solidarity with freelance artists at this time of great uncertainty - we are therefore investing over 50% of our charitable reserves to deliver this programme.
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Following the launch of our Writer Support Plan in Autumn 2020, and our call out for scripts, the application window is now closed. We'll be focusing on working closely with our supported writers, so will not be accepting any submissions until Summer 2022. To keep up to date with our Writer Support Plan, including future submission windows, make sure you're signed up to our email mailing list below.
Our plan supports writers who:
Were born, raised and/or live in the North of England
Have already completed at least one full-length professional production/commission (60+ mins)
Could work well with us as a company (please see our Artistic Policy for more info).
We've particularly encouraged playwrights whose identity is currently under-represented in theatre to apply. Including writers who might have less access to opportunities due to barriers such as class, disability, gender, or ethnicity.
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