WRITERS COLLECTIVE

 

The Collective

We are looking for 3 emerging writers and 1 emerging dramaturg to join the OT's Writers Collective. 

The Collective is an opportunity for a group of writers and a dramaturg to share skills, techniques and obsessions, and to fire up conversations and collaborations. It is run by the Orange Tree’s Literary Associate. In the past the programme has included masterclasses from practitioners including Paulette Randall, Martin Crimp and Ned Bennett.

Writers will have the opportunity to develop an idea for a new play, with the support of the Orange Tree’s creative team. The dramaturg will have the opportunity to support these artists in working on their ideas, and shadow other development work at the Orange Tree where possible.

Sessions will be on Monday evenings, monthly, held via Zoom, from March to December. Other opportunities will be arranged according to the availabilities of the group.

Who is it for?

Writers: this project is aimed at writers who have written at least one play that has been heard by an audience. We don’t mind where that play was heard: it might have had a rehearsed reading, gone on the radio, or been produced on the fringe. The programme aims to equip the participants with the confidence and skills to make their next steps in the industry, to start to write a new play, and to support them to overcome the barriers that they face. It is not an ‘introduction to playwriting’ programme, and aims to put together a group of writers at a similar stage in their career so that the programme may also function as a network of peer support. 

Dramaturgs: we are looking to hear from aspiring dramaturgs for this year’s Writers Collective to work with the writers on the programme, and to grow their skills as a developer of new work for the theatre. The dramaturg will support the writers in the group to develop their ideas, and work with the Literary Associate on other projects at the theatre as appropriate. 

Applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in supporting artists, but do not need any experience in ‘dramaturgy’. They may have been an assistant director on a play, or helped to put on a spoken word night above a pub. In this instance, we are thinking about dramaturgy as the craft of supporting artists to make their work with safety, authenticity, clarity and excellence.

We are particularly interested to hear from practitioners who are underrepresented in our work at the moment. This includes d/Deaf and disabled writers, writers who experience racism, and working class writers. 

The writers will receive a bursary of £1,000 to take the first steps in developing a new play.

The dramaturg will receive a bursary of £1,000 for their work on the project.
 

To apply


Writers

Applications are open now until 22 January 2021.
This opportunity is open to writers from anywhere in the UK. Applicants should be based in the UK at the time they apply, and anticipate being in the UK during 2021.

Please follow the below three steps to submit your application:

Step One: Writers Application Form
Please complete our Writers Application form.

Questions include:
- Why do you write for theatre?
- How do you hope participating in a project like this help you develop as an artist?
- Why are you interested in working with the Orange Tree?

Step Two: Equal Opportunities & Monitoring Form
Please complete our Equal Opportunities & Monitoring Form.

Step Three: Email your CV and a 10 page extract of your work
Please send us your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a 10-page extract of your work to [email protected]. Please mark your email with the title of: Writers Collective Application.

Please ensure you complete all three steps. Any applications missing these requirements will not be considered.

Dramaturgs

Applications are open now until 22 January 2021.
This opportunity is open to dramaturgs from anywhere in the UK. Applicants should be based in the UK at the time they apply, and anticipate being in the UK during 2021.

Please follow the below three steps to submit your application:

Step One: Dramaturg Application Form
Please complete our Dramaturg Application form.

Questions include:
- Tell us about a time that you have supported an artist to make their work
- How do you hope participating in a project like this help you develop as an artist?
- Why are you interested in working with the Orange Tree?

Step Two: Equal Opportunities & Monitoring Form
Please complete our Equal Opportunities & Monitoring Form.

Step Three: Email your CV
Please email your CV (no more than 2 pages) to [email protected]. Please mark your email with the title of: Writers Collective Application.

Please ensure you complete all three steps. Any applications missing these requirements will not be considered.

If you require this information in a different format please email [email protected]
 
What happens once I have applied?

The reading panel will read the extract of your writing and the answers to your questions. They will shortlist a selection of writers to submit a full-length piece of work. The extract will give them a sense of your voice as a writer, and a glimpse into the subject matter that interests you. They’ll also be thinking about how you make the case for what you need as a writer, and how this programme might help you achieve that.

The reading panel includes Sonali Bhattacharyya, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, Guy Jones, Bec Martin, and Ross Willis.

We will invite shortlisted applicants to submit a full-length play. This does not need to be from the same play that was submitted in the first round.

Take a look at our frequently asked questions

 

The Writers Collective is supported by the Hayburn Trust and Idlewild Trust