Perth Theatre has joined forces with other Scottish arts venues to launch a playwriting support scheme.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Birnam Arts and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland have collaborated with the venue to create Perthshire Plays.
The two year programme, which launched this week at the venue, aims to provide platforms for writers in Perth and Kinross.
It will offer support to 11 playwrights through a series of regular group meetings, masterclasses led by Scottish playwrights and community events.
Participants will receive script-in-progress feedback from Perth Theatre artistic director Lu Kemp and Pitlochry Festival Theatre artistic director Elizabeth Newman.
Kemp said: “We are looking forward to building a strong network of playwrights living outside the Central Belt, and to supporting the development of their craft. We hope to bring fresh, entertaining writing to our audiences through lunchtime theatre events in Perth Theatre cafe and bar.”
The lunchtime performances will showcase work developed through the programme.
This year’s participants include Benn Brown, Drew Campbell, Linda Cracknell, Giles Conisbee, Jacqueline Conn and Bob Davidson. John Harvey, Angela Ness, Sean O’Neil, Michelle Rodley and Myette Whalley complete the list of writers to be mentored by the project’s associate playwright Lesley Wilson.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre associate director Caitlin Skinner said: “At Pitlochry Festival Theatre we grow plants, plays and people and our Highland Perthshire home is rich with stories and storytellers who we want to nourish here at the theatre.
“That’s why we are so happy to be collaborating with our friends at Perth Theatre, Birnam Arts and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, to develop playwrights in Perthshire and to allow our audience the chance to hear those stories, fresh from local artists.”