A new playwrighting scheme run by the Almeida Theatre in London is to give emerging and mid-career writers the chance to develop plays for larger stages.
The Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme launches this year with seven writers including Kendall Feaver, Sami Ibrahim, Charley Miles, Amy Ng, Iman Qureshi, Sam Steiner and Ross Willis.
Each will be given the opportunity to develop one new play, and will receive dramaturgical support from the theatre’s literary manager and artistic team. They will attend 12 masterclasses run by British and international playwrights and be given a five-day workshop period to develop their plays.
The scheme, which will return annually, is supported by the Genesis Foundation.
Artistic director Rupert Goold announced the initiative as he unveiled new plays for the spring, including the return of Mike Bartlett’s Albion, starring Victoria Hamilton. This runs from February.
The season also includes the UK premiere of Daddy by Jeremy O Harris, which runs in March and is directed by Danya Taymor, and the world premiere of Beth Steel’s The House of Shades, directed by Blanche McIntyre.
Goold said: “As we announce these two new plays, it feels fitting to also announce the new Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme, featuring seven writers who have all demonstrated their ability to think big, engaging with unusual, imaginative and formally innovative ideas. We can’t wait to guide them over the next year and to see what they produce and are hugely grateful to the Genesis Foundation for giving us this opportunity.”