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About the Mentoring Programme

Applications are now closed.
We hope to reopen applications in summer 2021.

"I feel like this opportunity gave me the space and guidance not only to explore my craft, but figure out how I can work as a playwright in all its aspects. So not only did the programme help me become a better writer in my writing, but also in terms of networking, organisation and working collaboratively."

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Every year, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland offers six aspiring or emerging playwrights the opportunity to take part in an eight-month Programme which includes mentoring, script development, workshops, opportunities to widen your network and to meet colleagues from the wider creative sector.

The Mentoring Programme is delivered by established professional playwrights, to support the development of new, full-length plays. This is a professional development opportunity which will improve playwriting skills and allow participants to gain valuable insight into the playwriting process.

The Programme gives aspiring playwrights the structure and support to write the play they want to write, without the constraints of writing in a particular style or to a specific brief.

A message about COVID-19

Delivery of the Programmes
There will inevitably be some changes to how we deliver our Programmes now and in the future. We anticipate that much of the activity in 2020 will not take place face-to-face but will happen online or in alternative ways. We will be flexible to the needs of playwrights and other artists involved, within Government guidelines and our own resources.

In applying for our Programmes, we invite you to think about stories, characters, settings, language or forms that challenge you creatively. We are launching these Programmes in the half-space between lockdown and the 'new normal,' but things are changing all the time. So, that monologue about isolation written and performed for Zoom which feels vital right now may not have the enduring appeal you intended.

Our message to you is not to limit your imagination or feel restricted in the stories you want to tell or how you want to tell them.

What is included as part of the Mentoring Programme?

  • Six mentoring sessions (one two-hour session each month for six months from January to June with an experienced professional playwright. This includes script-in-progress feedback).
  • Four skills workshops. In previous years, these have included Writing for Radio with former BBC Radio Drama Producer David Ian Neville and Introduction to the Business of Playwriting with playwright and screenwriter Stephen Greenhorn.
  • An individual readthrough and discussion of your play with a professional director and cast of actors at the end of the Programme.
  • Community building, including the skills workshops, panel discussions, and opportunities to meet socially.
  • A Cultural Trip, which includes a visit to the theatre to see a play with other playwrights from the Playwriting Programme, and the opportunity to meet key practitioners in Scottish theatre. At present, it isn't possible to schedule this precisely but it is hoped that this will take place no later than spring 2022.

 Dates for your diary:

Friday 4 December Playwriting Programme Induction Day
w/c 25 January First Mentoring Session - two-hour meeting with your mentor
w/c 22 February Second Mentoring Session - two-hour meeting with your mentor
Friday 26 February Playwriting Workshop
w/c 29 March Third Mentoring Session - two-hour meeting with your mentor
Friday 2 April Panel Discussion with key practitioners in Scotland
w/c 26 April Fourth Mentoring Session - two-hour meeting with your mentor
Friday 30 April Playwriting Workshop
w/c 24 May Fifth Mentoring Session - two-hour meeting with your mentor
w/c 28 June Final Mentoring Session - two-hour meeting with your mentor
July Individual read-through of your script with a professional director and a cast of professional actors. More information will be available at the Playwriting Programme Induction Day.
August/September Day of Playwriting Workshops delivered by external partners

Before starting your application, please read the Frequently Asked Questions and use the practice application form and guide.

How to apply.

Over 70 playwrights have been mentored through this Programme. These include 
Rob Drummond (Grain in the Blood, Uncanny Valley); DC Jackson 
(Stan Lee's Lucky Man, Kill Johnny Glendenning); James Ley (Love Song to Lavender Menace, The Ego Plays); Isobel McArthur (Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort of)); Adura Onashile (Fringe First Award-winning Expensive Shit, HeLa); and
Lynda Radley (The Interference, Futureproof).

This year's mentored playwrights:

About the Programme

Bea is a Glasgow based actress, theatre-maker and aspiring playwright. She graduated with BA Performance in British Sign Language and English from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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Catriona is a playwright who spent her formative years abroad and currently resides in St Andrews.
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Ellen Ritchie is a Playwright from Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. She was on the 2019/20 MLitt Playwriting and Dramaturgy programme at the university of Glasgow.
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Vivien Reid trained as an actor at the Drama Centre in London. Her debut play, The Waiting Room, is in development.
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Katy is an Edinburgh based writer. Her plays Staright Outta Saughton, Then I Met You and Fingers explore gender and sexuality.
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Andrea is a writer, performer and director from Edinburgh. She studied acting and playwriting at Edinburgh’s Telford College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
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Joanne Gallagher is a playwright and actor from Linwood.
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Leah is a young Indian-Irish playwright raised in South Wales, with a first-class BA English Literature (Bristol) and more recently an MSc Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh.
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