NPA 2017

New Playwrights Awards & Gaelic New Playwrights Award

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 25 September 2017

New Playwrights Awards provide an important professional development opportunity for five early career playwrights living in Scotland who have a genuine commitment to writing for the theatre.

We are delighted that Chomhairle nan Leabhraichean (The Gaelic Books Council) continues to support one award for a Gaelic playwright.

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland will work with the playwrights giving them the time, space, flexibility and financial support to develop their work and help further their creative ambitions by focusing on a particular script.

Each playwright selected will receive:

  • A £2,000 cash bursary
  • Three mentoring sessions, over the course of a year, with a professional playwright to help them move their work forward
  • A week-long retreat at Cove Park or equivalent venue (includes travel expenses and per diems)
  • A day of script development with a professional director and actors

We will also organise at least one theatre trip, as well as providing workshops and other opportunities to meet theatre, radio and TV professionals.

Previous recipients include Stef Smith (Girl in the Machine, Swallow, and the Olivier-Award-winning Roadkill); AJ Taudevin (Blow OffSome Other Mother)Lesley Hart (World Domination,  Three Seconds, Saint One,  Flameproof)Linda Duncan McLaughlin (Descent - shortlisted for Best New Play at the CATS Awards 2016); and Alison Lang (An Tango mu dheireadh ann am Partaig/Last Tango in Partick, Na Bi Tùrsach).

Find out more about the application process for New Playwrights Awards.


This year's recipients:

New Playwrights Awards

Sam Siggs is an Edinburgh-based Playwright. His first play was produced whilst he was still studying Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University.
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New Playwrights Awards

Sara Shaarawi is a theatre maker from Cairo who is currently based in Glasgow. She was one of Playwrights' Studio's Mentored Playwrights for 2015.
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New Playwrights Awards

Mairi is an actress, singer, writer and director based in Glasgow.
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New Playwrights Awards

Alan Gordon is an Edinburgh based playwright. In 2011, he co-founded Twa Dugs Theatre Company with the aim to produce exciting new Scottish work.
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New Playwrights Awards

Hammaad Chaudry's work has been staged both in the U.K. and U.S. including The Royal Court Theatre in London
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