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Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award - How to Apply

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 30 September 2020

A note on terminology - what do we mean by disabled?

We use the term 'disabled people' or 'disabled artists' to refer to anyone who self-identifies as disabled. This can include D/deaf people if they identify as disabled as well as others living with impairments (physical, sensory, learning, cognitive, mental health, etc.) that identify as disabled. Birds of Paradise and Playwrights' Studio use the Social Model of Disability and recognise that some people experience disabling barriers.

We recognise that some D/deaf people may not identify as disabled.

This award is open to anyone who identifies as disabled and meets the criteria below.

Is the Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award right for me?

The Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award is designed for an aspiring disabled playwright who might have one or more of the following:

  • Very little, if any, playwriting experience. For example, you have yet to write your first full-length play.
  • Rehearsed readings of your short plays or extracts of your writing, or worked with others to improve your skills. However, this is not required.
  • Experience in other areas of creative writing. For example, prose, poetry or spoken word.

Am I eligible to apply to the Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award?

 To be eligible to apply for the Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award, you will meet the following criteria:

  • You are an aspiring disabled playwright living anywhere in Scotland.
  • You have a specific idea you want to develop into a full-length play. You will receive the most benefit from the Birds of Paradise Mentoring Award if you are writing a play from scratch, so your play idea should not already be fully or substantially written. However, we understand that you may already have drafted some scenes.
  • You are available from mid-December for eight months to work on your script regularly. This includes monthly two-hour mentoring sessions, held the last week of each month.
  • You are available on Friday 4 December 2020 for the Playwriting Programme Induction Day. If you are unable to make this date, please let us know via info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk.
  • You are not a student in full-time formal education (16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Mentoring Programme. Applications may be considered from individuals who are undertaking a part-time course of study. However, this will depend on how it relates to your course.

Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion

We believe diversity is essential to a thriving cultural sector and aim to work actively with writers from a range of different backgrounds. 

Because they are currently underrepresented, we strive to increase applications from and representation within our Programmes from playwrights:

  • Writing in Gaelic, Scots or BSL
  • Based outside the central belt of Scotland
  • From Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • Who are disabled.
  • From socio-economically deprived backgrounds
  • Who are female, trans or non-binary

We welcome playwrights of any gender, religion or belief, age, or sexual orientation.

Access

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland and Birds of Paradise will work closely with the playwright selected for this Programme to ensure that their specific requirements are met. For example, this could be provision of BSL interpreters at mentoring sessions, travel expenses, childcare costs or simply documents printed in a different format. We have a dedicated access budget that enables us to provide this support. If you would like to, please contact us via info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk to discuss what we can do to support you through the Programme.

How does the selection process work for the Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award?

In making its selection, the panel considers:

  • How the Award will contribute to the development of your writing
  • Your commitment to developing your playwriting skills and experience
  • The originality and potential of your idea and your voice

The selection panel for 2020/21 comprises Robert Softley Gale, Artistic Director, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company and  Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland.

Playwrights writing in Gaelic or Scots can submit their full application in Gaelic or Scots.

We welcome applications in other formats, including video submissions and BSL. Please contact us at access@playwrightsstudio.co.uk to discuss the best method of application to meet your individual requirements.

How to apply

We use the submissions management system Submittable to streamline our application process. You may find it helpful to use the practice application form & guide, to help you draft your submission before transferring to Submittable.

If you are unable to use Submittable, you can:

  • Email your submission to info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk
  • Post your application to: Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

If applying by email or post you will need to include an Equalities Monitoring Form.

Please let us know if you would like the application form in a different format or require assistance completing the form. Contact us via email at access@playwrightsstudio.co.uk.

If you have problems using Submittable, or have any questions at all regarding or the application process, please feel free to email info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk. We are happy to help.

What do I need to include in my application?

Before you start your application please read the Frequently Asked Questions. We have also created a practice application form & guide, to help you draft your submission before transferring to Submittable.

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number.)
  • Details of any communication or other access requirements that we should be aware of to support your participation in this Programme.
  • A statement explaining why you would like to be mentored, your commitment to developing your playwriting skills, and any previous experience.
  • The idea for the play you would like to work on as part of the Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award.
  • A 100 word summary of your play idea. If your application is selected, this will be published on the Playwrights Studio website.
  • Details of anything else about yourself you feel is relevant to your application.
  • A brief biography detailing your writing experience to date. If your application is selected, this will be published on the Playwrights Database on the Playwrights' Studio website.
  • Two five-page samples of your writing, at least one of these must be from a stage play. If you are unable to provide these, please contact us to discuss alternative options. Please don't let this put you off from applying. We are happy to be flexible.
  • Synopses for each sample (maximum 50 words each. Please include these at the top of each writing sample.) If you are unable to provide these, please contact us to discuss alternative options. Please don't let this put you off from applying.  We are happy to be flexible.
  • Whether you would like to write in English, Gaelic, Scots or BSL.
  • Confirmation you are available on Friday 4 December 2020 for the Playwriting Programme Induction Day. If you are unable to make this date, please let us know via info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk.
  • Whether you would like to receive feedback on your application.

You will receive an email confirming the submission of your application.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission no later than Friday 27 November 2020.

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