2018 New Zealand Playwright Residency
2018 New Zealand Playwright Residency

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 30 January

In 2016, we were part of a hugely successful playwright exchange between New Zealand and Scotland. New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek spent three months with us as Writer-in-Residence and the resulting play, Erewhon Revisited, was subsequently produced at the Christchurch Arts Festival in partnership with Magnetic North. The exchange came out of a wider strategy cultivated by the partners over a number of years to encourage the exchange of creative ideas, voices and forms between two distinctive yet synergistic communities of international artists.

In the longer term, the aim is to build sustainable links for collaboration between playwrights and producers; the commissioning and production of new plays; touring productions, transfers and co-productions.

In 2018, the second phase of the exchange will take place when a playwright from Scotland will spend three months as Writer-in-Residence for a theatre company in New Zealand. The residency is being created in a partnership between Magnetic North, Playwrights' Studio ScotlandPlaymarket New Zealand and Creative New Zealand.

How to apply: 

You are eligible to apply if:

  • You are an experienced mid-career or established professional playwright.   (You will have been commissioned formally by a professional organisation using a contract recognised by the Federation of Scottish Theatre/Scottish Society of Playwrights, the Writers' Guild of Great Britain or other equivalent body.  You have had at least one full-length play - over 60 minutes in playing time - performed, in a full production, by a professional company, using formally contracted personnel, for more than six performances)
  • You have a particular play you would like to develop during the Residency in New Zealand
  • Your main residence is in Scotland
  • You are available between Saturday 26 May - Saturday 18 August

All partners in this project believe in the importance of diversity and aim to work actively with artists from a range of different backgrounds. As they are currently under-represented, Playwrights' Studio Scotland strives to increase applications and representation within its programmes from playwrights:

  • writing in Gaelic or Scots
  • based outside the central belt of Scotland
  • from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • with disabilities

Further information and a link to the application form is available here (link takes you to Playwrights' Studio Scotland website). 


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