Beyond COVID-19: A future of living creatively

Tuesday 18 August 2020
11am - 1pm

Join us as we bring together speakers from a range of backgrounds to address creative possibilities for theatre beyond COVID-19.

As theatres slowly begin to reopen with public health measures in place, including restricted numbers and physical distancing, there will be an urgent need to explore alternative models of production, for example, outdoor performances and site-specific work, as well as hybrid theatre and digital projects. How can playwrights respond creatively to this 'new normal' and how might it influence the writing of new plays?

At this Playwrights' Gathering, facilitated by playwright and theatre-maker Davey Anderson, we will collectively discuss questions such as:

  • How can we tailor our plays for a physically distanced cast and audience? 
  • How can we create new plays for digital platforms as well as live performance? 
  • How can we connect with audiences in real life but outside of traditional venues? 

We will hear from theatre-makers in Scotland and internationally who are exploring these ways of working, to inspire us to think outside the studio theatre box and come up with creative responses to the practical challenges posed to the performing arts by the pandemic. The speakers are:

  • Gordon Barr (Artistic Director, Bard in the Botanics)
  • David Greig(playwright, Artistic Director, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh)
  • Becky Minto (stage designer, and Freelance Task Force)
  • Adura Onashile(playwright)
  • Adrienne Wong(playwright, Canada)

This event is for all playwrights living in Scotland, or from Scotland but living elsewhere, at any stage of their careers.

Playwriting Programme 2020/21

At the Gathering, we will also launch the 2020/21 Playwriting Programme and open the following for applications: Mentoring, New Playwright Awards, Gaelic Playwriting Award and Professional Programme. This comes with an invitation to think about the stories, characters, settings, or forms that challenge you creatively.

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