Write to Play

Graeaeā€™s flagship new writing programme

03 August, 2018 - 03 September, 2018

    Graeae presents,

    Write to Play

    Write to Play is Graeae’s flagship new writing programme devoted to developing the skills and experience of D/deaf and disabled writers nationwide. Since its inception, the programme has developed the careers of 25 playwrights, including Jackie Hagan, whose first play Cosmic Scallies was co-produced by Graeae and the Royal Exchange Manchester in August 2017.

    Interested in applying?

    If you’re passionate about theatre, keen to write for the stage and gain experience, we want to hear from you.

    The programme will offer you 1:1 mentoring, craft-focused writing workshops, specialist master classes led by leading playwrights and practitioners, a two-week placement at one of our partner organisations, and the opportunity to develop two short pieces and a full length play, and to share work-in-progress with an audience.

    All access requirements will be met, including sign language interpreters and access support workers.

    Write to Play is a paid opportunity and you will get a bursary of £1800 (paid in instalments) for your participation. Expenses related to participation, such as travel and accommodation, are also covered by the programme.

    The programme will run from January 2019-December 2019. All activity will take place in the South West.

    The criteria:

    We are looking for five writers who:

    Have a passion for theatre and live performance

    Have some previous experience of writing for theatre and are committed to developing a professional career in writing for the stage

    Live in South West England*

    Identify as D/deaf or disabled**

    *includes the counties of Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

    **Graeae follows the social model of disability. You are eligible if you identify as D/deaf or disabled and/or if you have experienced barriers to participation due to access requirements not being met or due to societal/attitudinal barriers related to your impairment.

    Applications will only be considered if applicants are eligible.

    How to apply:

    We welcome applications in any format accessible to you in English or British Sign Language.

    We would like three things from you as part of your application. These can take the form of a written document (please download application form below) or a video link to a recording.

    A statement of interest. In no more than 400 words (or 5 minutes of video), please tell us a bit about yourself and why this opportunity interests you.

    An example of your work. Please send us 5-10 pages of text for performance or a short video link of your work.

    A story. Tell us a story in no more than 200 words (or 3 minutes of video). This can take any form and be about anything you wish.

    (Accessible formats of the application form, large print & screen-reader friendly are available. Email [email protected] if you require one of these formats).

    Please send your application, together with a completed equal opportunities form, to [email protected]

    Applications open Friday 3 Aug 2018
    Applications close Monday 3 Sept 2018, 12pm
    Interviews are likely to be held w/c 1 October

    Application Form

    Equal Opportunites Form


    Graeae are offering FREE taster sessions for interested applicants to find out more about the programme, and ask any questions they may have. All taster workshops are fully accessible.

    Wed 22 Aug, 12.30-2.30pm at NST City Rehearsal Room

    To book your place at a taster session or to sign up to our online taster, email [email protected] and indicate clearly that you would like to attend the session at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. The deadline for signing up is 10am on Friday 17 August. Further information will be sent to you once you’ve booked.

    Taster sessions are optional and are not a compulsory part of the application process.