Theatre companies Paines Plough and Fiery Angel have teamed up to create a fund aimed at enabling emerging writers to create work for larger stages and audiences, backed by talent including Laura Wade and Simon Stephens.
The five writers selected for the initiative’s first intake are Georgia Christou, Andrew Thompson, Zoe Cooper, Nathan Bryon and Rob Drummond.
Each writer will be supported to develop their writing under a programme created specially for each of them, which will include masterclasses with writers such as Wade and Stephens.
They will also receive workshops with Paines Plough and financial support to use on their own projects.
James Grieve, co-artistic director at Paines Plough, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Fiery Angel to support five outstanding playwrights from across the UK to develop their craft in writing for big stages and investigate with us the conditions that enable new plays to thrive on the mid and large scale.”
He added: “We believe Nathan, Georgia, Zoe, Andrew and Rob have the talent and invention to write thrilling new plays for major stages across the subsidised and commercial sectors and continue the great tradition of new plays as popular hits.”
Fiery Angel development producer Hedda Beeby said: “We are delighted to be supporting Paines Plough in this new initiative. Their achievements in nurturing the development of new writers is second to none and we are very excited by the talent of the group of writers with whom we are working.”