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Playwrights’ pay rates boosted by 2%

The Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards are run by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain and were set up by playwright Mark Ravenhill.

Playwrights working in regional theatres are to receive a 2% increase to their minimum fees.

All writers working for theatres covered by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s UK Theatre agreement, such as Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Leicester’s Curve, and the Bristol Old Vic, will benefit from the rise.

It follows negotiations by the WGGB, the Scottish Society of Playwrights, and the Personal Managers’ Association with UK Theatre.

A full-length play in a large subsidised theatre covered in the deal will now attract a minimum payment of £9,444, compared to the previous rate [1] of £9,259.

Due to the lengthy negotiations, the fee increase has been backdated to May 1.

WGGB general secretary Ellie Peers said: “We have been in continual negotiations with UK Theatre to update our national agreement.

“The 2% increase in minimum fees is welcome and a recognition of the important work playwrights do.”

WGGB has also negotiated a 1.5% increase on all minimum rates for BBC TV drama and scripted comedy, including sketches.

This brings the rate for original TV drama to £10,920 for series or serials for a one-hour episode.