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About New Playwrights Awards

Applications are now closed and will reopen summer 2020

New Playwrights Awards provide an important professional development opportunity for three early career playwrights living in Scotland with a genuine commitment to writing for theatre.  

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland work with the playwrights giving them the time, space, flexibility and financial support to develop their work and further their creative ambitions by focusing on a particular script.

What is included as part of the New Playwrights Award?

  • A £2,000 cash bursary  
  • Three dramaturgical sessions with either an Associate Playwright or an external theatre professional
  • A week-long retreat at Cove Park or equivalent venue (includes travel expenses and a daily allowance for food and refreshments)
  • A day of script development with a professional director and actors
  • Access to a desk in the Tom McGrath Writers Room (subject to availability)
  • 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


Dates for your diary:


Wednesday 4 December 2019
: Playwriting Programme Induction Day

February 2020: Workshop 1 (TBC)

June 2020: Workshop 2 (TBC)

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

Previous recipients include Hammaad Chaudry (An Ordinary Muslim); Lesley Hart (World Domination, Three Seconds, Saint One, Flameproof); Linda Duncan McLaughlin (Descent - shortlisted for Best New Play at the CATS Awards 2016); Frances Poet (Adam, Gut, Fibres); Stef Smith (Girl in the Machine, Swallow, and the Olivier-Award-winning Roadkill); 
AJ Taudevin (Blow Off, Some Other Mother), Andrew Thompson (In the Event of Moone Disaster) and Morna Young (Lost at SeaAye, Elvis).

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


Current recipients:

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Meghan Tyler is an award-winning writer from Newry, Northern Ireland, and one of the New Playwrights at the Lyric Theatre in 2018.
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Elspeth is an actor, writer, musician, and founder of Edinburgh-based theatre company, Stoirm Òg.
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Sara Shaarawi is a theatre maker from Cairo who is currently based in Glasgow. She was one of Playwrights' Studio's Mentored Playwrights for 2015.
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Glasgow-based producer Michael John O’Neill. He is the inaugural recipient of the Bruntwood Prize Original New Voice Award for his first full length play, AKEDAH.
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Laurie Motherwell is a playwright born and raised in Glasgow.
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Laura is a playwright from Aberdeen.
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Hannah Lavery is a Scottish poet, playwright and performer.
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Nelly Kelly is a queer, trans non-binary playwright, dramaturg, performer and drag artist. They have a masters with distinction in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow.
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Maryam is a multi-disciplinary writer, theatre maker and actor. The stories she tells grapple with ideas of motherhood, otherness, diasporic experience and cultural inheritance in a multi-ethnic Scotland.
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Catriona Lexy Campbell is from the Isle of Lewis but spent much of her life in Plockton, Lochalsh. She has worked as a theatre artist, actor and writer for many years, primarily in her native Gaelic.
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