As the team at Playwrights' Studio, we wanted to give you a very
quick update on what we have been doing since the lockdown began in
March. We've been working very closely with our board and have
produced an emergency plan and budget as obviously we have lost
earnings and income as a result of COVID-19 and have increased
costs due to cancellations. They have been very supportive of the
team during this time.
In April, we launched our Bursaries and Projects
programme as well as online sessions for playwrights to
specifically support them during the COVID-19 crisis. We are still
running our core Playwriting Programme (Mentoring,
New Playwrights Awards, Professional Programme and Script Reading
Services). We are currently working on how we can move the existing
We held our first digital public event earlier this month.
Spaces for A Playwrights'
Gathering sold out within days, with over 100 playwrights
registering to attend. There was excellent representation from
playwrights at every career stage across Scotland. Thank you
once again to everyone who made the Gathering possible. Click through
for full details of all involved. If you attended and wish
to see the transcript from the event, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In June, we were delighted to host an online Question and
Answer session on Creative Scotland's new Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development.
Vanessa Boyd from Creative Scotland joined 25 playwrights to answer
their questions regarding the Fund.
As announced in this month's Enews, we have launched a
digital meeting room for playwrights. The Space
Online is a private digital meeting room where you can meet
with other professionals, develop your script, or even rehearse
with your cast.
We have also introduced a faster turnaround on scripts submitted
to the National
Script Reading Service. From submission to feedback, you can
expect to wait no longer than four weeks, rather than eight weeks.
This applies to all scripts submitted until 31 August 2020, when
we'll review how it's all going. Remember - the guidelines for
the National Script Reading Service have also changed. There
is no limit on the number of scripts you can submit
In late summer, the Playwriting Programme for 2020/21
will be launched, and we are looking at how this might inspire some
imaginative thinking about the possibilities for theatre once we
emerge from this crisis. So rather than waiting, we want to support
playwrights to get ahead of the game and help them provide creative
solutions to the theatres and companies as they return to
commissioning and producing work.
Part of this will be working with the playwrights on our board but we also want
to have a more 'creative' Gathering with playwrights to talk about
some of this. So, we'll be in touch about that soon.
Our wider advocacy work includes being part of discussions with
the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Creative
Scotland and staff have been feeding into research with them,
Literature Alliance Scotland, the Scottish Charity Regulator
(OSCR) and our other main funder, Glasgow City
All of us are working hard behind the scenes keeping our eyes
peeled for any opportunities that may be of benefit to
playwrights and promoting these as soon as possible through our e-news and social media
The last but most important piece of information is that the
team are always here and are available to chat or just listen. We
can arrange phone calls, Zoom meetings or conversations by email.
Whatever works best for you just now. So please do keep in
Very best wishes
Amy, Emma, Fiona and Hayley x