Perthshire Plays: Playwriting Group

Applications are now closed

Perthshire Plays is a new joint Programme between Horsecross Arts, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Birnam Arts, local playwright Lesley Wilson and Playwrights' Studio, Scotland which aims to provide platforms for new and existing playwrights, giving them opportunities to develop their craft and share their work with audiences across the region.

Playwriting Group

The first stage of this intensive 2-year Programme launches with the creation of a Playwriting Group for writers based in Perth and Kinross. The Group will meet from January 2020.

We are inviting applications from people with a keen interest in creating theatre for Perthshire audiences. You don't need previous playwriting experience, but you do need a passion to write for the stage and a willingness to work with others.

Guided by playwright Lesley Wilson, and involving other professional playwrights from across Scotland, the Playwriting Group will give you the tools to write a play, improve your writing skills, and increase your confidence, all in a supportive environment.

You will have a number of opportunities to present your work-in-progress plays across the region. Writing to themes such as climate change, the river Tay, and Macbeth, your response can be as short or as long as you wish.

You will receive script-in-progress feedback from Lu Kemp (Artistic Director, Perth Theatre) and Elizabeth Newman (Artistic Director, Pitlochry Festival Theatre).

Writers' desks are available for use free of charge at Perth Theatre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Birnam Arts and Playwrights' Studio, Scotland.

Running alongside the Playwriting Group is a series of public Masterclasses across the region. Full details of these will be published in January 2020.

Summary of activities:

  • A supportive and committed group of playwrights meeting regularly
  • Six guest workshops, led by professional playwrights
  • Four private group sessions
  • Three public events, offering you the opportunity to present work-in-progress as part of developing your skills and learning
  • Six free Masterclasses (chargeable to the general public)
  • Script-in-progress feedback from two of Scotland's leading Artistic Directors
  • Writing desk at each partner venue

Programme Outline*

*Subject to change

All meetings will take place between 7pm and 9pm. 
Monday 27 - Welcome and initial private session
Perth Theatre
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Monday 24 - Private Session
Perth Theatre

Monday 30 - Guest Workshop with Nicola McCartney
Perth Theatre
Saturday 14 - Climate and TIme
Perth Theatre

Monday 27 - Guest Workshop
Birnam Arts Centre

Monday 25 - Private Session
Birnam Arts Centre

Monday 29 - Guest Workshop
Birnam Arts Centre
Saturday 20 - Staged Event
Birnam Arts Centre

Monday 27 - Guest Workshop
Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Monday 28 - Guest Workshop
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Tuesday 15 - Staged Event
Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Monday 26 - Guest Workshop
Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Monday 30 - Private Session
Perth Theatre



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