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About the Mentoring Programme

Applications are now closed and will reopen summer 2020

Every year, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland selects six aspiring or emerging playwrights for an eight-month programme of mentoring.

The Mentoring Programme is delivered by established professional playwrights, to support the development of new plays. This is a professional development opportunity to improve playwriting skills and gain valuable insight into the playwriting process and profession.  

What is included as part of the Mentoring Programme?

  • One two-hour mentoring session each month for six months (January-June) with an established professional playwright, which includes script-in-progress feedback. The mentors for 2019/20 are Lewis Hetherington, Adura Onashile, Stef Smith.
  • A Cultural Trip, which includes a theatre visit and the opportunity to meet key practitioners in Scottish theatre
  • Skills workshops. In 2019 they were Writing for Radio with BBC Radio Drama Producer
    David Ian Neville and Introduction to the Business of Playwriting with Stephen Greenhorn, Chair of the Scottish Society of Playwrights
  • An individual readthrough and discussion of your play with a professional director and cast of actors at the end of the Programme
  • Public sharing of an extract from your play at the end of the Programme in July, alongside the other Mentored Playwrights


Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 4 December 2019
(full day): Playwriting Programme Induction Day

January - June 2020: Six two-hour mentoring sessions scheduled mid-month with your mentor.

February 2020: Workshop 1 (TBC)

June 2020: Workshop 2 (TBC)

Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July 2020: 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.

Wednesday 8 July 2020: Public sharing of work

Sometime between April and June 2020: Cultural Trip (TBC).

Before starting your application, please read the Frequently Asked Questions and the Application Form Guide.

Over 70 playwrights have been mentored through this Programme. These include 
Rob Drummond (Grain in the Blood, The Broons, Uncanny Valley); DC Jackson 
(Stan Lee's Lucky Man, Kill Johnny Glendenning, The Stewarton Trilogy, My Romantic History); 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); 
Lynda Radley (The Interference, Futureproof) and Morna Young (Lost at Sea; Aye, Elvis).

This year's mentored playwrights:

Bea Webster is a Glasgow based actress, theatre-maker and aspiring playwright, and have graduated with BA Performance in British Sign Language and English at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
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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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Anna Suwanasuk Rattray is a Scottish-Thai playwright from Edinburgh. She is interested in writing about women, business and corruption.
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Rehanna trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
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Aodhan Gallagher is an emerging playwright born and raised in Glasgow.
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Hazel is an actor, theatre maker, mother, puppeteer and podcaster who lives in Edinburgh.
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Neil Chue Hong is a playwright from Edinburgh creating work that asks audiences to reconsider how they view themselves.
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Jess has a BA in English Literature and Theatre Studies and trained as an actor at Identity School of Acting in London.
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