Update from Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following our statement on 17th March 2020, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland would like to update you on our position, given the current situation.

Office closure
The Playwrights' Studio office is currently closed. At the present time, we hope to re-open on Monday 1st June although this will be subject to review. Unfortunately, the Space and plays library will not be accessible. Staff are working remotely during this period.

The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is closed until at least Monday 1st June.

Contacting us
We want to assure you that we are still available on e-mail should you need to contact us. The main email for enquiries is info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk, other emails are listed on the website. We will still conduct meetings via phone or video call.

Using our Services
Our on-line Services - the National Script Reading Service and A Play, a Pie and a Pint Script Reading Review Service - are still open for submissions.

Impact on our Programmes
We will continue to deliver as much of our ongoing Programmes as planned, making use of digital communications.

Where we cancelled activity, we ensured that all contracts with freelance artists were honoured and that they were still paid for their time.

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

COVID-19 support for playwrights
We are formulating as rapid a response as we can to the unprecedented situation and will be offering support to playwrights during this period. We will be announcing news of this as soon as possible.

Where to find updates
We will continue to monitor and review the situation and respond as best as we can to official advice from the UK and Scottish Governments as things progress.

We will keep you updated via the homepage of our website, through our e-news and on Twitter and Facebook.

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

The Creative Entrepreneurs Club has a discussion thread on their website, collating financial help for freelancers/self-employed people.

We suggest keeping an eye on Creative Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre's digital channels for more general updates for the arts sector.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about our plans during this period, please do not hesitate to contact Emma McKee, General Manager on emma@playwrightsstudio.co.uk to discuss this further.

For general enquiries, please email info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk

We understand this is a challenging and uncertain time. We hope that you stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you soon.


31st March 2020

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