Charley Miles has been named this year’s playwright fellow at Paines Plough.
Miles’s debut play, Blackthorn, was produced in 2016 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and went on to become a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award.
Paines Plough joint artistic directors James Grieve and George Perrin said the play confirmed Miles as “a writer of thrilling imagination, astonishing insight and rare dramatic instinct”.
“It is our great privilege to have the opportunity to work with the very best British playwrights at the start of their careers through the playwright fellowship and we are truly excited about Charley as a major voice of the future,” they said.
As part of the fellowship, Miles will spend nine months on attachment, where a bespoke programme will be designed to support her “specific needs, ambitions and circumstances”.
She receives a bursary and mentorship from the artistic directors.
The fellowship scheme has been running since 2015, and receives financial support from a range of sources, including Paines Plough alumni.
“In straitened financial times for theatre, the foresight and generosity of passionate people in supporting the future of British playwriting is absolutely vital and we are hugely grateful for it,” added Grieve and Perrin.
Miles said she had found Paines Plough, its work and “their gorgeous Roundabout space to be so inspiring”.
“I hope the attachment will bring ever more inspiration,” she said.