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

Following our statement on 31st March 2020, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland would like to update you on our position, given the current situation.

Office closure
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Playwrights' Studio office is currently closed. In order to protect staff and artists and in anticipation of a second wave, the organisation will not be instigating any face-to-face activity for the rest of this year (this will be reviewed as we continue to move through the easing of lockdown).   

Unfortunately, the Space and plays library are not accessible at this time. Staff are working remotely. However, you can access  The Space online to hold meetings or conduct  script development workshops. 

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
The Bursaries & Projects Programme is unfortunatly now closed. All available funds for bursaries and projects have now been allocated. Online Sessions are currently paused while we investigate further funds.

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.


10 September 2020

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