COVID-19 Support


Support for playwrights during COVID-19 crisis


Freelance artists are being adversely affected by cancellation of work during the COVID-19 crisis. As an organisation that is currently working remotely, our regular activities - bringing artists together face-to-face - are limited.

As a response, we have launched two new forms of support for playwrights during this period:

Bursary & Projects Programme - financial awards of between £500 and £2000 for professional playwrights. Unfortunately, this Programme is now closed. All available funds for bursaries and projects have now been allocated. 

Online sessions - online script surgeries and/or meetings for all playwrights. Sessions are currently paused while we investigate further funds.


Ongoing Services and Programmes

Script Reading Services
You can still send your scripts to us for feedback through the National Script Reading Service. As part of our response to the ongoing situation, we have amended our guidelines. So, even if you have already sent a play to us this year, please feel free to send us your new scripts.

A Play, A Pie and A Pint Script Review Service is still accepting submissions.

Playwriting Programme
We aim to announce our Playwriting Programme (Mentoring, New Playwrights Awards, Professional Workshop Programme) for 2020/21 in the summer as usual.

Contacting us
We are still available on e-mail should you need to contact us. The main email for enquiries is Other emails are listed on the Contact page. We are able to conduct meetings via phone or video call.


Other sources of support

Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary
Creative Scotland have now announced a Bridging Bursary Fund. This is a fund for those individual artists and freelancers who have lost income from their creative work and/or practice due to COVID-19. You can seek between £500 and £2500 to help support your immediate needs.

Creative Scotland Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development
Creative Scotland's Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development focuses support on helping individuals, including playwrights, and organisations to sustain themselves. Funding of between £1000 and £50,000 is available.

Please contact Creative Scotland directly for more information.

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