Disabled Playwright Support Programme

After a successful collaboration in 2020/21, we are delighted to be working again with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, offering a disabled playwright support in the creation of their ideas.

A career in the arts is not straightforward for anyone: we recognise, though, that disabled artists face an increased number of barriers, from starting out to working professionally. Created in partnership with Playwright’s Studio Scotland, this programme offers a disabled playwright bespoke support, providing artistic development, financial support, skills sessions, and opportunities to widen their creative community.

The Disabled Playwright Support Programme is a professional development opportunity for a disabled playwright living in Scotland, with a commitment to writing for theatre.


At the start of the programme and then at regular intervals, we will work with you to design support that gives you the space and time to experiment with your writing and grow in confidence as a playwright. This might include, but is not limited to:

  • one-to-one playwright mentoring sessions with an established professional playwright
  • sessions to discuss your writing, how you feel about it and how to further develop your work
  • meetings with external theatre professionals
  • a script development workshop with a professional director and actors

This programme will be tailored to focus on what you need and what your play needs. It is designed to support you from initial idea to the first draft of a new, full-length play.

Financial Support
£2,000. This is roughly equivalent to 13 contact days with Playwrights’ Studio and BOP.

Skills Sessions
The skills sessions are group activities available to you as a playwright currently being supported by Playwrights’ Studio. They are designed to enhance your skills and knowledge of the theatre industry, give you the opportunity to ask questions and think about the other sides of being a playwright that don’t necessarily involve writing. These often take the form of workshops, Q&A’s and panel discussions.

Playwrights’ Studio will create space for you to make connections with your peers within the industry. This includes the Playwright Induction Day, a group visit to the theatre, invitations to meet other practitioners in Scottish theatre and social events with other playwrights.

Key dates

Below is a rough timeline of group activity. We will work with you to set specific dates for the rest of your work with other people on your play.

14 January Playwright Induction Day
18 February Skills session 1
18 March Skills session 2
22 April Skills session 3
August/September Skills session 4


This award is open to anyone who identifies as disabled and meets the criteria for applying to the programme.

To be eligible to apply for the Disabled Playwright Support Programme, you should:

  • Have some experience of creative writing
  • Have a specific idea you want to develop into a full-length play
  • Be able to commit to an eight-month intense programme

You should also be:

  • Resident in Scotland
  • Available for the Playwright Induction Day on Friday 14 January 2022

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from playwrights who:

  • Are in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week). If you are in part-time education, please contact us to discuss your options.
  • Have received support from Playwrights’ Studio in the previous 18 months (this doesn’t include attending workshops or groups run by us).

If you are in doubt regarding your eligibility, please contact us at info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk

Access and Equality

See the full statement on access and equality.


Here are a few things you may want to think about before you proceed with your application:

  • We don’t think of this work as ‘teaching’ you how to write a play, but supporting you to grow your writing skills. For this reason, it is beneficial to have some experience of creative writing.
  • This programme is designed to support you from the initial idea through to the first draft of a full-length play. For this reason, you should only apply if the idea you’re proposing hasn’t already been written.

Please submit using the Disabled Playwright Support Programme form. You can either submit a written application, or a video application. We accept submissions in English, Scots, Gaelic or BSL.

Before you submit you application, you may find it helpful to use the practice application form & guide (Word) (PDF), to help you draft your submission.

If you are unable to submit online and would like the application form in a different format or have any questions at all regarding or the application process, please email info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk.

Applications deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 13 October 2021