Write to Play

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Write To Play

Write to Play is a bold new writing initiative committed to developing the skills and experience of D/deaf and disabled writers. Over the course of one year, five writers will each write and develop a full-length play through collaboration with some of the most creative minds in the industry.

Write to Play is a bold new writing initiative committed to developing the skills and experience of D/deaf and disabled writers. Over the course of one year, five writers will each write and develop a full-length play through collaboration with some of the most creative minds in the industry.

The first five years of Write to Play have developed the skills of twenty-five playwrights, many of whom have gone on to have work produced professionally. In August 2017, Graeae and the Royal Exchange Theatre produced for the first time a full length play from a Write to Play graduate. Cosmic Scallies by Jackie Hagan (from year 2 of the programme) premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, followed by a run at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Both runs played to sell-out houses, 4-star reviews and audience acclaim. Year 5 of the programme will culminate in January 2019, with sharings from each of the writers at the Bush Theatre, London.

The writers for year six of the programme are announced as: Sally Davis, Kellan Frankland, Daisy Higman, Anita MacCallum and Hannah Treadaway.

Write to Play

Commencing in early 2019, the year-long Write to Play programme includes Playwriting 101 (an intensive craft-focussed playwriting course), specialist workshops, mentoring sessions and opportunities to have short pieces of work performed in front of an audience. The programme will not only provide the writers with the opportunity to develop their skills, it will also introduce a new generation of D/deaf and disabled playwrights to the wider theatre landscape.

We are excited to be working with our friends at Graeae on Write to Play this year. It’s a project of great reach and invention and is just what the South West needs in uncovering yet more new and diverse artists. Theatre Royal Plymouth has been engaged in the finding of new relationships and the producing of new theatre for two decades now and we’re so much looking forward to tapping into the wider experience and enthusiasm that Graeae can provide along with our partner theatres in this great initiative. Simon Stokes, Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Plymouth

The Write to Play programme (incorporating Play Labs and Play Chats) is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England and Backstage Trust.