NPA 2017

New Playwrights Awards

New Playwrights Awards are an important professional development opportunity for five early career playwrights living in Scotland who have a genuine commitment to writing for the theatre.

The Gaelic Books Council support one Award for a new Gaelic playwright. Special attention will also be given to playwrights writing in Scots but an Award cannot be guaranteed.

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland will work with five new writers giving them the time, space, flexibility and financial support to develop their work and help further their careers.  Playwrights will focus on a particular script over a year.

Previous recipients of the Award include Stef Smith, writer of the flagship Traverse Festival production, Swallow, and the Olivier-Award-winning Roadkill; AJ Taudevin, whose play, Some Other Mother, toured successfully in Scotland during 2013; Lesley Hart, whose plays Three Seconds, Saint One and Flameproof have all been produced by A Play, A Pie and A Pint; and Linda Duncan McLaughlin whose play Descent was produced by A Play, A Pie and A Pint and shorlisted for Best New Play at the CATS Awards 2016.

Find out more about the application process for New Playwrights Awards and Gaelic New Playwrights Award.


This year's Award recipients:

New Playwrights Awards

Sam Siggs is an Edinburgh-based Playwright. His first play was produced whilst he was still studying Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University.
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Sara Shaarawi is a theatre maker from Cairo who is currently based in Glasgow. She is one of Playwrights' Studio's Mentored Playwrights for 2015.
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Mairi is an actress, singer, writer and director based in Glasgow.
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Alan Gordon is an Edinburgh based playwright. In 2011, he co-founded Twa Dugs Theatre Company with the aim to produce exciting new Scottish work.
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Hammaad Chaudry's work has been staged both in the U.K. and U.S. including The Royal Court Theatre in London
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