Run in partnership with: Royal Court Theatre, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados & the British Council.
This project will support 12 writers from Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago to explore and develop their practice. We are looking for storytellers with an interest in writing for theatre and live performances. You may have no previous experience writing for theatre or for stage.
This group will allow space and support for each writer to work on a new text over a period of 10 months, engaging in a dialogue between different traditions, forms and cultural approaches to making work. It will be co-facilitated by freelance writers, directors and dramaturgs who have worked regularly for the Royal Court Theatre including Anthony Simpson-Pike, debbie tucker green and Myah Jeffers as well as a range of leading artists from Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago.
September 2022 - January 2023 - Online Writers Group
- Online sessions twice a month to be facilitated by writers and artists from the UK and from the Caribbean.
- The group will read and discuss work together and exchange different approaches to writing.
- Each writer will begin work on the first draft of a new project during this period.
- This phase will include one on one meetings between each writer and the team of facilitators.
c. February 2023 (dates tbc) - Writers Workshop Jamaica
- A 6 day intensive writing workshop hosted at Edna Manley College in Kingston.
- Writers will reflect together on their first drafts with the group and facilitating artists.
- This retreat will allow for work to be read together, discussed and for individual meetings with facilitating artists.
- The workshop will also allow for dedicated writing time and include guest sessions from visiting artists.
c. May / June 2023 (date tbc) - Writers Workshop Trinidad, Live Streaming in Barbados
- A second 6 day intensive workshop hosted in Trinidad.
- Writers will come together with the facilitating artists and a group of actors and performers to explore and develop the second draft of their text.
- This workshop will be a practical exploration of each writer’s text in performance and will lead towards a public sharing of each writer’s work with an audience, which will be live streamed to an audience in Barbados as well.
- The team at the Royal Court and partner organisations in the project will engage in ongoing conversations with artists after this final phase.
In the case of travel or other disruption due to covid-19, dates and travel plans may be adapted or amended in order to make delivery of the project possible.
General Support and Access for Special Needs
The programme will provide support for each writer to engage with the programme as outlined. This will include:
- Covering travel, accommodation and per diems for writers when they are working away from home during the in-person workshop phases in Jamaica and Trinidad.
- A stipend to cover each of the two workshop phases of the project.
- A fee to support each writer’s work on their chosen project.
- We are committed to ensuring that this group is accessible for all, including persons with disabilities. We will support any special needs that participants may have. Please let us know the details of these needs in the relevant part of the application process. Information given is strictly confidential and will in no way affect your application.
Who Can Apply
- Writers eligible to apply must be aged 18 or over.
- Writers must be from and based in either Barbados, Jamaica or Trinidad & Tobago, with availability to engage with the dates as outlined.
- Writers need not have prior experience writing for stage, but should have experience of writing for theatre, ie a play, or in another form whether that’s poetry, spoken word, lyrics, fiction or for screen.
- The focus of this project is on writers at an emerging stage of their practice, so applicants should have no more than five years experience writing professionally for theatre.
How to Apply
We are asking writers wanting to apply to provide the following:
- An extract of your written work in any form or genre of maximum 10 pages in length (we also accept audio clips of up to two minutes).
- A short summary of your work as an artist to date (no more than 500 words).
- To complete the basic application form to be found on the button below.
The deadline for applications is Monday, 22 August 2022
All applications will be read and assessed by a team made up of the artists facilitating the project based in the UK and Caribbean.
We will contact all applicants with the result of the application process in September.
Please note that the first session for meeting will be Saturday 17th September.
In making their selection, the team will aim to form a coherent group that represents writers from across Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, taking into account every element of each artist’s application.
Our aim is to bring together artists with different backgrounds and styles.
If you have any questions about the project or application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.