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We are so pleased to bring you our BOLD Playwrights shortlist. Thank you to all the playwrights who have let us read their work. It has been an honour.

The BOLD Playwrights 2022 LONGLIST.


Leila Nashef

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 Marmion

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 Kilercioglu

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."

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