BOLD elephant is pleased to announce the return of BOLD Playwrights it’s writer development award programme. Following on from the success of the 2021 programme this iteration will open for submissions between Oct 10th 31st
BOLD Playwrights is designed as a process that takes writers through a series of experiences that may not be accessible to them through other means and aims to connect these stages as a clear process that informs and prepares writers for their future in the industry. It requires the writer to have a full-length play to work on during the programme. This can be a first draft.
Specific dates and times will be set in discussion with the chosen playwrights, and each writer will be given the experience of a set dramaturgical process, a workshop with actors and a director, and finally a rehearsed reading that will also act as an opportunity for an industry sharing.
Delivery will take place face to face at our creative hub BOLD elephant in the Elephant & Castle, London SE1 or online if that works better for you, but all workshops and readings will be in the space. The program will run between Jan – March 2023.
Leila Nashef is a playwright, performer and researcher living in London. Her work has been performed at VAULT Festival, Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, the King’s Head Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and she won the VAULT New Writers Award in 2018.
"The BOLD Playwrights Scheme was an incredibly helpful, generous opportunity to work on a script with support, space, and encouragement. The dedicated, energetic team at BOLD gave huge amounts of time, energy and thought to what my story was and could be, and over the course of a year, with their guidance, the script developed enormously. The opportunity to see the play on its feet at a rehearsed reading in May was invaluable, and I’m so glad I was involved, and grateful to everyone at BOLD for their kind, insightful support."
Jaisal is a playwright and poet interested in writing about identity, multiculturalism and stories related to the Indian and Irish diasporas.
"I found being part of BOLD Playwrights a really brilliant experience. My play developed so much through collaborating with BOLD, in ways that I never could have imagined at the start. Going through a process of dramaturgy, rewriting, workshopping the play with actors and finally a rehearsed reading, felt both rigorous and a lot of fun, and taught me loads not only about my piece but also about the writing process and theatre making and collaboration generally. More than anything it was great getting to be part of BOLD, everyone was so nice and supportive, and I met lots of interesting people through the scheme. It was a super fun and creative environment to be part of."
Aaron is a Turkish/Canadian theatre & film-maker based in London. Aaron’s debut play For A Palestinian is due to be published by Methuen Drama. His previous work has won the Methuen Drama ‘Other’ Prize and the BOLD Playwrights Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Prize. He has been a member of the Royal Court Young Agitators and the London Library Emerging Writers Programme.
"BOLD Playwrights helped me kickstart my career. The support I received from Sarah challenged me to be a better and more considered writer, while the workshop with actors allowed me to see my words come to life. This scheme has opened a number of doors, which, without BOLD, might have stayed closed for a while."