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Research & Development Projects

Applications are now closed and will reopen summer 2018.

Research & Development Projects are designed to allow experienced mid-career or established professional playwrights an opportunity to work on plays that exceed the ambition of their previous work, or ideas that challenge them and inspire them in their practice and their creative ambitions.

These Projects provide resources to research new ideas, or to further develop drafts of existing full-length scripts. These are offered in two parts:

Research: £1250 (new ideas)

Development: £2000 (existing scripts)

As well as financial assistance, Playwrights' Studio will provide all project and financial management on your behalf.  We will work closely with you to ensure that the project successfully meets your objectives and offer ongoing support throughout.

Professional playwrights who have received similar support include Jo Clifford (Eve,The House of Bernada Alba), Rob Drummond (Grain in the Blood, Uncanny Valley), Oliver Emanuel (The 306: Day, The 306: Dawn, Titus)  and Sue Glover (Bondagers, The Straw Chair).

Research & Development Projects replace our Writers Projects and are designed to provide more playwrights with opportunities to research or develop their writing.

As a development organisation, we do not commission or produce plays, and our resources are limited.  Therefore, this is not a commissioning, bursary or production fund.  These projects cannot be used to substitute or top up commissioning fees from theatres, or to self-commission.  Nor can they contribute to production costs.

Please visit our How to Apply page for more information. 

 

Recent Projects

AJ Taudevin Thumb AJ Taudevin

AJ Taudevin explored ways of communicating story, theme, and emotion in playwriting by drawing on techniques of traditional song. Gaelic, Arabic, and Romani song all use non-verbal sound to convey emotion in a way that is integral to the narrative - sounds which, while not functioning literally as language, carry clear meaning for the singer and audience. She began with a period of research into these traditions, followed by time exploring how a similar musicality and formal approach might be applied to the creation of a written play.
Alan McKendrick Alan McKendrick

Alan McKendrick's project was an investigation and development of a piece of music theatre in the form of a road-movie-for-the-stage entitled Cadaver Police In The Electrocution Afterlife, conducted through a combined programme of solo research and writing periods interspersed with regular collaborative group workshop days, the latter featuring both musicians and actors.
Sue Glover

Sue Glover

Working alongside a director, actors and a composer or sound designer, Sue wished to explore how different kinds of music can shape the storyline; and how a soundscape could create a ship and an estuary in the confines of a theatre.
Kieran Hurley

Kieran Hurley

This project was an exploration into storytelling and collaboration and the work of a writer-performer in relation to playwriting. Working with theatre director Alex Swift, Kieran spent two weeks experimenting with multiple forms of storytelling, and the layering of many distinct stories into one solo performance. The aim was to explore how the process of devising and co-creation can inform the creation of a written play, experimenting with different possibilities for the writer's 'voice' in solo performance with a view to establishing a clear method and approach for future work.

Kieran's recent Fringe 2016 Production Heads Up was developed with support from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland through this Writers Project.
Research and Development Projects

AJ Taudevin’s recent plays include Chalk Farm, co-written with Kieran Hurley which toured internationally in a highly acclaimed production by ThickSkin.
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Research and Development Projects

Alan McKendrick is a writer, director and translator working across theatre, film and opera.
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