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London’s Royal Court and TV producer Kudos announce first recipients of writing fellowships

Ross Willis, Lettie Precious, Rabiah Hussain. Photo: Ali Wright
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London’s Royal Court Theatre has announced the first three writers to be awarded fellowships as part of a new scheme with Kudos, the television company behind shows such as Broadchurch and Humans.

Rabiah Hussain, Lettie Precious and Ross Willis have been selected to receive £10,000 writing fellowships from the two companies, which are intended to help get their work developed for theatre and television.

They are the inaugural winners of the scheme, which is aimed at established writers who perceive there to be barriers to getting their work produced.

Royal Court associate director Lucy Morrison said: “Stories are still one of the most powerful ways we have to get people to imagine a different life, a different world and to understand our experiences as humans. We need to ensure that the right people are given the opportunities to tell their stories and this fellowship enables that. These three extraordinary writers can make change happen.”

Alongside the three winning writers, the Royal Court and Kudos met with 10 further shortlisted writers, who will each have a continuing relationship with the two companies going forward.

Hussain, Precious and Willis will spend time with all departments at both the Royal Court and Kudos, shadowing colleagues, attending first previews and visiting television sets.

They will also take part in workshops, script and development meetings, and be given time and space to develop their own projects.

Hussain said: “For someone like me, who has had to struggle to get a foot in the door, this is an opportunity like no other and one I hope will pave the way for many more in the future.”

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