Opportunity for theatres to nominate emerging writers for a seed-commission of £1,000 and a year-long development programme with BBC writersroom.
To celebrate the unique relationship between the theatre and broadcast industries BBC writersroom is once again running Writersroom 10 – which invests in writers and new theatre writing. 10 writers will receive a seed-commission of £1,000.
- We are looking for 10 emerging writers who already have an early-stage relationship with a theatre.
- The writer and theatre can be from anywhere across the UK.
- The writer must not yet have had a full professional production of their work in the theatre – though they may have had readings, workshops, amateur/fringe productions.
- Theatres must have a proven commitment to new writing, whether that is dedicated or as part of a broader repertoire – and they must have previously mounted at least one full professional theatre production.
- The seed bursary does not tie the theatre into making a full commission – but we hope it will be the beginning of an on-going commitment to that writer.
To apply the theatre must nominate a writer. Each theatre may submit up to two nominations for the writersroom 10.
Submissions must come from the nominating theatre and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submission must include:
- The writer’s full original script as a sample of their voice (this should be a full script, not an extract, and be at least 30mins in length)
- The writer’s one-page outline of an idea/play they wish to write
- The writer’s biography/writing CV
- A letter of support from the nominating theatre
The programme will last for one year and the 10 will convene as a group. Each writer will also have a BBC mentor to broaden their scriptwriting horizons and bring a fresh perspective to their work. We are looking for the widest possible range of talent to apply – bold, different, unusual, diverse, distinct, talented voices with a passion and an urge to their work.
Applications will be judged by Kate Rowland, Creative Director, New Writing and writers Tim Price (The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning) and Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica).
Applications can be submitted from: 9am 23rd October 2013
Deadline for applications: 1pm on 16th December 2013
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