About the Professional Programme

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


Bursaries £500 - £2,000

Projects, up to £5,000

For 2020/21, we are offering support which we hope is responsive to the needs of experienced mid-career or established professional playwrights.

Within the Professional Programme, there are two routes of support available: Bursaries of £500 - £2,000 and creative projects up to £5,000. A total budget of £30,000 is available.

The projects can allow playwrights to explore new collaborative partnerships with other artists or practitioners. These could include:

  • Working with directors, designers, choreographers, architects, or experts in site-specific and outdoor work.
  • Exploring international collaboration within COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Expanding digital practices with practitioners such as games developers or specialists in screen.

Your proposals can extend beyond any of these examples which have been taken from real suggestions made by playwrights in response to COVID-19 restrictions. If necessary, we can help you identify artists or practitioners for collaborative projects, working with our network of partners. 

As well as financial assistance, Playwrights' Studio provides administrative and financial management. We will work closely with you to ensure that the activity successfully meets your objectives and offer ongoing support throughout.


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.

The bursary payment will be paid as quickly as possible after receipt of the signed Letter of Agreement from the playwright.

During the year, you will also have the opportunity to attend:

  • A Playwriting Programme Induction Day on Friday 4 December - an opportunity to meet playwrights on the other programmes offered by Playwrights' Studio
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • Community building, including the skills workshops, panel discussions, and opportunities to meet socially.

Dates for your diary:

  • Friday 4 December 2020: Playwriting Programme Induction Day
  • 26 February 2021: Workshop 1 (TBC)
  • Friday 2 April 2021: Panel Discussion with key practitioners in Scotland
  • 30 April 2021: Workshop 2 (TBC)
  • August/September: Workshop Day - Day of Playwriting Workshops delivered by external partners


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

How to apply.

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