What Is It?

An exciting new practical writing course taking place at VAULT Festival 2018 (24th January – 18 March).

Who’s It For?

Prospective writers over the age of 18, who have never had a full-length play staged before. Absolute beginners are highly encouraged.

What Does It Involve?

8 selected participants will receive mentoring and support to draft a 60-minute piece for stage, of which a 15-minute extract will be guest directed, cast, produced and performed over two finale showcase evenings to an audience made up of invited industry and the public.

VAULT New Writers Awards offers a total introduction to writing for stage and is therefore not a programme for people who have done multiple writing courses before. We will start right at the beginning, with the basics, with the course being non-patronising and inclusive.

Who’s Behind It?

The VAULT New Writers Award is designed and developed by playwright Camilla Whitehill (Where Do Little Birds Go?, Mr Incredible) and producer Rosalyn Newbery in partnership with VAULT Festival.

It is proudly supported by theatre publishers and performing rights agents, Nick Hern Books, who will also consider scripts with a view to potential publication.

Want To Know More?

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Further Information

8 selected participants will receive mentoring and support to draft a 60-minute piece for stage, of which a 15-minute extract will be guest directed, cast, produced and performed over two finale showcase evenings to an audience made up of invited industry and the public.

The programme aims to engage individuals who have a keen interest in writing for the stage but do not know how to start; people from backgrounds that make it difficult for them to break into the creative industries, and those who have not had their voice heard.

VAULT New Writers Awards offers a total introduction to writing for stage and is therefore not a programme for people who have done multiple writing courses before. We will start right at the beginning, with the basics, with the course being non-patronising and inclusive.

We aim to provide an accessible, unpretentious and open-door route into writing for the stage; mentorship, support and industry exposure, through a programme and platform that encourages new writers who may not have had the opportunity to explore and realise their potential.

Weekly 3-hour weekend sessions will involve workshops and mentoring delivered by the team of industry professional programme directors plus special guests, guiding participants through the process of writing a 1-hour play. Each week guest industry practitioners, including writers, agents, directors, producers, theatre publishers, dramaturgs and actors will deliver exclusive masterclasses designed to demystify the ways in which a creative team work together to achieve the end goal – getting a play from page to stage!

Access to a Playscript Library and an 8-week VAULT Festival Pass will allow participants to immerse themselves in the world of theatrical writing, and benefit from weekly trips to see VAULT shows free of charge, followed by a group discussion in the bar, to introduce them to different ways of making work for the stage and to find what styles and genres appeal to them as individual artists.

At the end of the 8 weeks, a 15-minute extract of all plays developed under the programme will be presented as part of an exciting industry showcase. On completion of the course, all 8 participating playwrights will be winners of the VAULT New Writers Award, which they can take forward to aid the progress of their future careers.

The VAULT New Writers Award is designed and developed by playwright Camilla Whitehill and producer Rosalyn Newbery in partnership with VAULT Festival. It is proudly supported by theatre publishers and performing rights agents Nick Hern Books, who will also consider scripts with a view to potential publication.

Jessica Butcher in Where Do Little Birds Go? by Camilla Whitehill, produced by Rosalyn Newbery.

“…a fascinating, if appalling story told with skill, charm, a surprising amount of wit and real emotional potency.”

The Stage, on Where Do Little Birds Go?

Alistair Donegan in Mr Incredible by Camilla Whitehill, produced by Rosalyn Newbery.

“…an absolute triumph of new writing.”

Ed Fringe Review, on Mr Incredible

 

How To Apply

Applications for the VAULT New Writers Award are open now and will close 1st December 2017.

Applicants will be asked to provide some information about themselves, and five pages of writing for the stage. It doesn’t matter how this is interpreted, or how the pages are formatted,:but it must be 5 pages.

Workshops will run every Saturday morning (10am – 1pm) at VAULT Festival (24th January – 18th March 2018). Please ensure you can be available for these sessions before applying.

Successful applicants will be notified in early December and announced as part of the VAULT programme reveal! Diversity will be key throughout the selection process and roll out of the course.

Key Course Information

  • Application period runs from October to 1st December 2017.
  • 8 selected VAULT New Writers Award winners will be announced as part of the VAULT Programme launch in December 2017
  • Participants will be invited to an introductory Meet & Greet in mid-January 2018
  • Workshops will run every Saturday morning (10am – 1pm) at VAULT Festival to include mentoring a and focused writing sessions, as well as masterclasses from special guest industry practitioners. Please ensure you can be available for these sessions before applying.
  • Optional weekly group show trips with post-show discussion will take place each week of the Festival
  • Play script library open throughout the 8 weeks