Lessons from the pandemic: visions for the future

On Thursday 4 March 2021, playwrights met to discuss what we have learned from the pandemic. What had the year taught us about ourselves, our community, and our sector? What can we do to ensure the future of theatre is one we can thrive in?  

Playwrights discussed how to utilise the practical lessons learned, to build a sector that is resilient, sustainable, and inclusive. 

It was an opportunity for all playwrights to be heard. Whatever their background, experience, or career stage.

The Gathering was facilitated by Rona Munro, playwright and Chair of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, and John McCannLinda Duncan McLaughlin, playwrights and co-chairs of the Scottish Society of Playwrights. Provocations were presented by Clare Duffy, Lewis Hetherington, Eve Nicol, and Mariem Omari. Participants met in breakout rooms to offer their own responses. Discussions in each room were facilitated by playwrights from the Playwrights' Studio board, members of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, and the wider playwriting community. 

The event was well attended, with 78 participants from across Scotland and at every career stage. If you were unable to attend and would like to know what was discussed in detail, please see the transcript of the event.

The outcomes from this Playwrights' Gathering will help guide and inform the work of Playwrights' Studio, and the Scottish Society of Playwrights, as they continue to support Scotland's playwrights in the coming years. 

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