The Royal Court is partnering with TV production company Kudos to offer a series of bursaries for writers from under-represented groups.
Three £10,000 bursaries will be given to writers over a period of six months from next January. During this time they will take part in some of the work carried out by the Royal Court and Kudos, which is behind dramas such as Broadchurch and Humans.
The selected writers will also see productions and forge relationships with fellow theatre and TV writers, as well as staff at the two organisations. They will also receive additional travel and accommodation support on top of the £10,000.
The bursaries are specifically aimed at writers who have already established a career but who perceive there to be barriers to getting their work developed and produced because of class, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, geography or education.
Dennis Kelly, whose play Girls and Boys ran at the Royal Court this year and whose Channel 4 drama Utopia was made by Kudos, said that for many writers the barriers begin “before putting pen to paper”.
“While our theatre is in great shape and there’s some fantastic work out there that’s genuinely pushing back boundaries, I do worry that if I were starting out today I wouldn’t see myself reflected on our stage and I’d think: ‘That’s not the place for me.’
“This bursary is certainly a step in the right direction – it’s something that will make a very real difference to three people who are out there right now, wondering whether they should continue,” he said.
Applications are open until November 16.