NPA 2017

About New Playwrights Awards & Gaelic New Playwrights Award

Applications are now closed and will reopen summer 2018.

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 Comhairle 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:

About New Playwrights Awards

Andrew's work has been staged in Newcastle, Sheffield, London and Edinburgh. He was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Fellowship in 2014 and has developed work with Live Theatre, Newcastle and Playwright Studio Scotland.
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Mairead is from the Isle of Skye and a fluent Gaelic speaker. She was chosen for the Playwright’s Studio 2007 Mentor Programme, which resulted in the play entitled Sapna.
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Maryam is a multi-disciplinary writer, theatre maker and actor.
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Catriona Lexy Campbell is from the Isle of Lewis but spent much of her life in Plockton, Lochalsh. She has worked as a theatre artist, actor and writer for many years, primarily in her native Gaelic.
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Victoria is a Playwright, Performer and Artistic Director of Terra Incognita.
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