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Writers Projects

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. 
 

Current Recipients

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 Writers' Projects.

AJ Taudevin Thumb 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 play.
Alan McKendrick 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.

Recent Projects

Sue Glover

Sue Glover

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 theatre.
Kieran Hurley

Kieran Hurley

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.
Writers Projects

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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Writers Projects

Alan McKendrick is a writer, director and translator working across theatre, film and opera.
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