NPA 2017

About New Playwrights Awards & Gaelic New Playwrights Award

Applications are now closed and will reopen in the summer 2019

New Playwrights Awards provide an important professional development opportunity for four 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 of these awards 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 and provide workshops and other opportunities to meet theatre, radio and TV professionals. The workshops will be held in  February and June 2019.

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

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


This year's recipients:

Meghan Tyler is an award-winning writer from Newry, Northern Ireland, and one of the New Playwrights at the Lyric Theatre in 2018.
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Elspeth is an actor, writer, musician, and founder of Edinburgh-based theatre company, Stoirm Òg.
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Laurie Motherwell is a playwright born and raised in Glasgow.
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Laura is a playwright from Aberdeen.
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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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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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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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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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