Writers Projects are an opportunity for experienced mid-career
or established playwrights to develop their work in a way that
suits their creative process. This is part of Playwrights' Studio,
Scotland's commitment to a flexible, accessible process where the
playwright's needs are at the heart of our activity.
Professional playwrights can apply for up to £3,250 to support
any aspect of their writing development. In addition, Playwrights'
Studio will manage the project on the playwright's behalf,
providing administrative support and handling all the financial
management. We will work closely with you to ensure that the
project successfully meets your needs.
Please check our How
to Apply page for more information.
In December 2016, it was announced that Alan
McKendrick and AJ Taudevin have be selected as the latest
playwrights to benefit from the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland
||AJ Taudevin will be exploring ways of
communicating story, theme, and emotion in playwriting by drawing
on techniques of traditional song. Gaelic, Arabic, and Romani song
all use non-verbal sound to convey emotion in a way that is
integral to the narrative - sounds which, while not functioning
literally as language, carry clear meaning for the singer and
audience. She will begin with a period of research into these
traditions, followed by time exploring how a similar musicality and
formal approach might be applied to the creation of a written
||Alan's project will be an investigation
and development of a piece of music theatre in the form of a
road-movie-for-the-stage entitled Cadaver Police In The
Electrocution Afterlife, conducted through a combined
programme of solo research and writing periods interspersed with
regular collaborative group workshop days, the latter featuring
both musicians and actors.
|Working alongside a director, actors
and a composer or sound designer, Sue wished to explore how
different kinds of music can shape the storyline; and how a
soundscape could create a ship and an estuary in the confines of a
|This project was an exploration into
storytelling and collaboration and the work of a writer-performer
in relation to playwriting. Working with theatre director Alex
Swift, Kieran spent two weeks experimenting with multiple forms of
storytelling, and the layering of many distinct stories into one
solo performance. The aim was to explore how the process of
devising and co-creation can inform the creation of a written play,
experimenting with different possibilities for the writer's 'voice'
in solo performance with a view to establishing a clear method and
approach for future work.
Kieran's recent Fringe 2016 Production Heads
Up was developed with support from Playwrights' Studio,
Scotland through this Writers Project.
AJ Taudevin’s recent plays include Chalk Farm, co-written with Kieran Hurley which is currently touring internationally in a highly acclaimed production by ThickSkin.
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Alan McKendrick is a writer, director and translator working across theatre, film and opera.
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