Sunderland Creative Writing CIC, in partnership with Sunderland Culture, is pleased to announce its first programme: DRAFTED, a professional development programme for writing for the stage.  Drafted is made possible by the generous funding support of Arts Council England and the National Lottery.

Three selected writers will each receive:

  • an individual Research and Development week (five days) working on their script together with a director, up to 4 actors, and a mentor/dramaturge, in a rehearsal space
  • an industry-sharing production by the cast in front of an invited audence including regional programmers and producers
  • follow-up mentoring to progress and fine-tune the further development of the script and the writer’s aspirations for next steps.
  • potentially (subject to future funding), a second stage opportunity for at least one of the writers to be supported in submitting applications for a short professional run in a regional venue.

This opportunity was funded for Sunderland writers, which means: those resident in the borough of Sunderland*, or who as of the date of this call out are participants in writers’ groups based within the borough of Sunderland. (*defined as resident in a property where council tax would be due to Sunderland City Council).

Applications are now closed, and the three writers have been selected: congratulations to Ray Hopkins, Tom Smith, and Clair Dicker, who will have their R&D weeks led by directors Mark Calvert, Corrine Kilvington, and Katy Weir.

Ray’s R&D week for his play ‘Bait Time’ was held in October, and culminated in a fantastic performance night at Washington Arts Centre. Tom’s and Clair’s weeks will be in Jan/Feb 2022.

Updates and progress about the project will be posted to this project webpage and to Sunderland Creative Writing’s Facebook page and Twitter account.