Graeae reveals new playwriting scheme

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Graeae Theatre Company has launched a new writing programme for deaf and disabled writers with the National Theatre Studios, the Royal Court Theatre and the Soho Theatre.

The initiative will see five playwrights each create a full-length piece that will be staged at Graeae or with another professional organisation.

A refresher course in playwriting, workshops and mentoring sessions will all feature in the programme, called Write to Play.

The NT Studios, Royal Court and Soho Theatre will also host rehearsed readings of short pieces created by participants in 2014 and provide feedback.

Mentors on the scheme will include Paul Sirett, who wrote Reasons to be Cheerful, and Alex Bulmer, who created Graeae’s The Garden as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Playwrights selected for the programme’s inaugural year, starting this December, are Sean Burn, Amy Bethan Evans, Rosaleen McDonagh, Tom Wentworth and Nicky Werenowska.

Amit Sharma, associate director of Graeae, said: “The experience of our partners combined with the talent of our writers fills me with great hope that by the end of the year we will have exhilarating stories to share. I truly believe that the Write to Play programme will give a platform for deaf and disabled writers to challenge, change and champion their own work as well as the next generation too.”