Partner Projects

Applications are now closed


Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is seeking playwrights and organisations to work together on exciting Partner Projects that meet the needs and aspirations of both partners.

We want to stimulate and support new relationships between playwrights and organisations. This could be playwrights and organisations which:

  • Have always wanted to work together but lacked additional resources or the right incentive at the right time
  • Would like to work in new or experimental ways that sit outside of core commissioning or production activity

From December 2018, we will provide £8,000 each, plus our expertise and staff resource, to support two projects which will allow a playwright and an organisation (or organisations) to work together on a new playwriting project.

This will be matched 100% or more by the organisation(s) through cash and/or in-kind support. A minimum of £4,000 in cash will be required for all projects. This may need to be increased depending on the specifics of the project, e.g. a play commission and its development. Due to the timescale and nature of the funding offered by Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, we would expect the cash funding from the organisation(s) to be in place at the point of application. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accept applications where this is not already in place or is reliant on an application to a funder e.g. Creative Scotland's Open Project Funding.

We now welcome project proposals from playwright and organisation teams.

The lead organisation must be based in Scotland and the playwright must be Scottish or based in Scotland.


Every two years, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland and the Scottish Society of Playwrights commission a survey of Scotland's playwrights. Consistently, this survey indicates particular challenges facing mid-career playwrights, those from BAME backgrounds, disabled playwrights, and those based outwith the central belt of Scotland. The latest survey indicates a trend towards shorter plays, with women playwrights in particular receiving shorter commissions.

Through this Programme, we aim to begin to address some of these issues and priorities.

Playwrights' Studio last facilitated Partner Projects in 2012, with successful collaborations between playwright Alan McKendrick and The Arches and Untitled Projects; and playwright Davey Anderson and thickskin.


"We set out to tell an exciting and quirky story about a kid with ADHD who unleashes his dark side. The final product, The Static, has exceeded my expectations and helped establish ThickSkin as an exciting new writing company. Without support from Playwrights' Studio it is very unlikely that we would have achieved this much."

Neil Bettles, Artistic Director, ThickSkin

What is it and who can be involved?

We welcome exciting ideas and partnerships that will allow playwrights and organisations to work together in new ways. 

This could include but is not restricted to:

  • Developing audiences for new writing through a creative project led by a playwright
  • A writer-in-residence scheme where the playwright can influence the artistic programme, have access to colleagues within the organisation and/or training and development opportunities
  • The development of an ambitious new play that sits outside existing commissioning and production commitments 
  • A season of events or activities programmed by a playwright

A note about commissions

Where the project involves a commission for a playwright:

  • The cash contribution must cover a substantial, full-length commission plus a thorough script development process to support the writing of the play. This means that the play should be 60 - 90 minutes, or over, in length. We will not support the commissioning of a play under 60 minutes in length.
  • A Scottish Society of Playwrights/Federation of Scottish Theatre agreement must be in place and current commission rates adhered to. The playwright must be paid no less than £7268 for the commission plus any additional fees in relation to script development or other work as part of the overall project.

We will work closely with the partners in shaping the project to ensure that there is mutual benefit and outcomes for playwright and organisation/s.

Because they face particular challenges and are under-represented, we welcome applications from:

  • Mid-career playwrights
  • Female playwrights
  • Playwrights from BAME backgrounds
  • Disabled playwrights
  • Playwrights writing in Gaelic or Scots
  • Playwrights and organisations based outside Glasgow and Edinburgh 

We welcome proposals from constituted theatre organisations which have the knowledge and infrastructure to be able to fully support the playwright and the project. This can be a joint project between one or more organisations and a playwright.

Playwrights and organisations must be based in Scotland.

Selection Criteria

  • The ambition to work together towards a shared goal which has tangible benefit for playwright and organisation/s
  • An exciting project that will contribute to the development of playwriting in Scotland
  • A project that enshrines good practice in partnership working
  • A project that will allow the partners to try something they wouldn't otherwise be able to
  • The knowledge, skills and infrastructure to deliver the project, or a willingness to work with Playwrights' Studio to build this capacity
  • Ability to match the funds offered by Playwrights' Studio

What happens next?

Tell us about your ideas and your partners

Please prepare and submit a proposal by 5 November 2018, that includes:

  • A description of the project that the organisation/s and the playwright wish to undertake, along with a draft timeline and budget 
  • Supporting statements from the organisation(s) and the playwright describing why they want to work together on this project
  • A biography or CV of the organisation/s and playwright
  • Confirmation of the financial and in-kind contribution that the organisation(s) will make. In kind contributions can include use of physical space or equipment, existing staff costs that will be donated, administrative support etc. 
  • How you anticipate the project being monitored and evaluated

We use the submissions management system Submittable to streamline our application process. This means one individual (a playwright or a representative from an organisation) will have to submit the application in their name. If you have any difficulties using Submittable, please get in touch with us on 0141 332 4403 or at If you are unable to use Submittable, you can post your application to: National Playwright Development Programme Area, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD.

Talk to us about your ideas

If you would like to discuss your ideas prior to proceeding to a proposal, you are welcome to email Emma McKee, General Manager at Playwrights' Studio, Scotland

Selection and decision-making process

Submissions will be read and selected by a panel comprising: Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director and Emma McKee, General Manager and a representative from the cultural sector. 

A final decision will be made by Wednesday 5 December 2018, with activity commencing no earlier than January 2019.

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