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BOLD Playwrights APPLY!

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BOLD is dedicated to transforming empty buildings into creative performing arts spaces & BOLD Elephant – a space to create, is our first. 

As well as creating our own work, we want to champion & support the work of playwrights. We believe there are too few opportunities for writers to develop their plays in a process that involves other creatives & enables them to ‘see’ their work. So, we are thrilled to launch BOLD Playwrights: an exciting new playwright & play development programme. 

BOLD Playwrights is a free scheme that offers two playwrights a rare opportunity to have a first draft developed from page to stage. The scheme includes dramaturgical sessions & workshops with dramaturg, director & actors. It culminates in a final semi-staged rehearsed reading at BOLD Elephant for an invited industry audience. This project is funded by the BOLD company. 

PROCESS

BOLD Playwrights is designed to support playwrights through five stages of developing a play, from first draft to first industry reading, over the course of 12 weeks.

The BOLD Playwrights Scheme will be divided into the following stages:

WORDS Dramaturgical workshops focused on an already written first draft:

  • An initial meeting to discuss the writer’s inspiration and vision
  • An initial script read and preparation of notes 
  • A follow up dramaturgical meeting to discuss the development of the play.
  • A 2nd script read and preparation of notes 

ACTIONS Development workshops with actors:

  • One day (or 2 x ½ days) workshop with dramaturg & actors
  • Observe the actors responding to your script
  • Hear your words & receive feedback from the actors 

VISIONS Development workshops with actors & a director:

  • 2-days of workshops with actors, directors, dramaturg
  • Experience being in the rehearsal room as a writer
  • Develop a relationship with the director
  • Observe their work on your play with the actors
  • See your play take shape 

STAGING A rehearsal process culminating in a semi-staged reading for an invited audience:

  • A further 2 days of rehearsals with dramaturg, director & actors
  • An evening script in hand / semi-staged performance with an invited industry audience at  the end of the second day

FUTURES A session for the writer, with dramaturg & director in which to assess, reflect, discuss feedback, evaluate & consider future options. 

The project is expected to take place July– Sept 2021 on dates to be agreed.

We will confirm your submission, the outcome of your application & all applicants will be notified about future opportunities at BOLD Elephant. We are running this first BOLD Playwrights Scheme as a pilot project & if successful we hope to run it for more writers in 2022. Please let us know if you would not like to be included on our mailing list.

Shortlisted applicants will receive feedback & be invited to meet in person / remotely during June. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer feedback to everyone who applies.

BOLD Playwrights submissions window is now closed. We are happily reading all the brilliant submissions and will be announcing the long list at the beginning of June, the short list mid June and the two chosen plays and writers at the end of June. 

BOLD Playwrights will take place at BOLD Elephant & requires the writers’ physical attendance at most sessions. Please talk to us about any specific requirements you may have in terms of making this opportunity accessible. The building has disabled access & we are able to fund some access costs. 

Please note, unfortunately, we aren’t able to support travel, accommodation or subsidence costs to attend the workshops.

Facilitators

Sarah Davey-Hull (director)

Sarah is the Artistic Director of BOLD,  she has most recently commissioned & directed new plays by Anna Jordan, Chris Bush & Hannah Khalil for Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

Steve Harper (dramaturg)

Steve is a BOLD Associate & the Literary Manager at Theatre503. In this role, he has supported hundreds of debut playwrights.