Frequently Asked Questions

I am a writer from Scotland but I live outside of Scotland. Can I apply?

Your main residence must be in Scotland to be eligible to apply. Occasionally, we will be able to support playwrights from Scotland who are based elsewhere through other routes. Please contact us on 0141 332 4403 if in doubt.

My project includes a rehearsed reading and I would like to invite an industry audience.  Is this possible?

Writers Projects are an opportunity for professional playwrights to develop their work in a way that suits their creative process. Rehearsed readings can be a useful way to gain feedback from an audience as part of the development process.  It is unlikely that we will prioritise readings where the main objective is to 'showcase' your work.  

I have never put together an outline of costs before. How do I do this?

Playwrights' Studio does not require a detailed budget from you. But we do need to know how you would allocate the money should your application be successful.  Things to consider when putting together your outline: a fee for your time as the writer in the development process (e.g.  attending your own workshops), travel for artists, venue hire and technical costs.

Playwrights' Studio has recommended daily rates for writers, directors and actors.  Please contact Emma McKee at

I don't have a director or actors attached to the project yet. Will this affect my application?

This will not affect your application. Playwrights' Studio has a number of contacts for directors and actors experienced in working with new writing. We can also assist you with contracting other types of artists, e.g. choreographers.

The timescale for my project has changed. What should I do?

If your application is successful and the timescale for your project changes, please contact Emma McKee, General Manager as soon as possible to discuss this further. Because we have a number of ongoing projects, it is beneficial if these are spread throughout the year, so please don't feel pressure to schedule your project immediately if a date later in the year would be better for you.

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