Write to Play with Graeae and Talawa

Write to Play is a paid year-long new writing course for D/deaf and disabled writers run by award-winning theatre company Graeae. 


Write to Play is now in its fifth year. In 2017, this achievements is being marked by Graeae's partnership with five acclaimed theatre companies to offer BAME D/deaf and disabled playwrights nationwide the opportunity to develop their writing skills.

This year's partners with Graeae are the Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre, Ovalhouse, Talawa and Tamasha.   The partners are collaborating to offer a unique development opportunity for BAME D/deaf and disabled playwrights nationwide.

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

  • The programme consists of:

    • Playwriting 101, a five day writing workshop, offering writers crucial learning and space with peers in a supported environment
    • Six half day specialist workshops facilitated by leading practitioners
    • Access to an individual mentor who will support writers dramaturgically through all writing projects and offer pastoral support
    • Miniatures: Writers will have the opportunity to develop a short monologue and a short duologue, to explore with their mentor the performance potential of the pieces in a workshop with actors, and showcase this work to a small audience and get feedback
    • Writers will also develop two drafts of a new full-length play. There will be a public sharing of an extract from this full-length play at the end of the programme
    • Writers will have the opportunity to take part in a two-week placement at one of the partner organisations, allowing writers to expand their network and skills base
    • There will also be opportunities to see new work at our partner organisations

    Writers on the programme are encouraged to write about anything they wish.

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

    All access requirements will be met, including sign language interpreters and access support workers, and the programme structure and content can be adapted for access purposes if required.

  • Khush Chahal, Year 4 Write to Play writer

    "Write to Play is the most inspiring and encouraging opportunity I have had as a writer. I have had access to workshops, mentors and the Graeae team, all of who have helped me to explore my writing in ways not possible before. Apply, it will change your life forever."

    • Applications close: Mon 2 October, 12pm
    • We welcome applications in English and British Sign Language.
    • For full details on how to apply, click here

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