About Write to Play

Write to Play is an exciting initiative from Graeae, to cultivate and promote D/deaf and disabled writers. Since its inception, the programme has developed the careers of 20 writers, including Jackie Hagan, whose first play Cosmic Scallies was developed through the programme, and co-produced by Graeae and the Royal Exchange Manchester this August.

We’re delighted to announce that, in our fifth year of the programme, Graeae will be partnering with the Bush Theatre, Ovalhouse, Soho Theatre, Talawa and Tamasha, this time round aimed specifically at BAME writers who identify as D/deaf or disabled.

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.

Headshot Khush Chahal“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 who have helped me to explore my writing in ways not possible before. Apply, it will change your life forever.”
Khush Chahal, year 4 Write to Play writer



“Without Graeae, I’d never have had the confidence to continue writing and put it to all aspects of my creativity.” Danni Skerritt, year 2 Write to Play writer


Applications for year 5 have now closed. 



Click here to find out more about previous years of Write to Play

Click here to visit the Write to Play writers blog

Click here to read more about Cosmic Scallies


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