Write To Play Belgrade Partnership with Graeae Announced

Posted on 16 August 2016

Write to Play is an exciting new initiative from Graeae Theatre Company to cultivate and promote Deaf and disabled writers.

Following three successful years of the pioneering programme created by Graeae, applications open for writers based in the Midlands open on Mon 5 Sept 2016. We’re delighted that the Belgrade have been chosen to partner with Graeae for this exciting new project in addition to Curve Leicester and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

We are very pleased to be helping to redress the balance in terms of representation of Deaf and disabled writers, and are particularly happy to be working with Graeae, a company that puts this at the centre of all of the work they do and works to overcome any obstacles that Deaf and disabled writers face when creating theatre.

The programme itself is an innovative and well-developed scheme to help writers make the most of their time on the course.

It consists of:

  • A five day course exploring approaches to writing for performance
  • Six half-day classes from some of the best practitioners working in the industry
  • The opportunity to work with actors on two short pieces
  • A showcase of the work that has been developed over the course of the year
  • A two week placement at one of the partner organisations
  • Each writer will be placed with a mentor who, throughout the year, will offer guidance and dramaturgical support

Writers on the programme are encouraged to write about anything they wish; it doesn’t have to be about their experience as a Deaf or disabled person and we welcome applications from writers and theatre makers whose first language is not English and who may work in different languages, such as BSL.

Write to Play is a paid opportunity, and each writer will get a fee of £1800 (paid in instalments) for their participation on the programme. Expenses related to participation, such as travel and accommodation, are also covered by the programme.

All access requirements will be met, including sign language interpreters and access support workers, and the programme structure and content can be adapted for access purposes if required.

Graeae are also offering a free taster session for interested applicants to find out more about the programme at the Belgrade on Thursday 15 September from 2pm – 5pm, undertake some sample exercises and ask any questions they may have. For BSL users, the workshop will also look at approaches to writing in BSL.

To book your place at a taster session, email and indicate clearly which session you would like to attend. The deadline for signing up to a taster session is 12noon on Wednesday 31 August 2016.