Leeds Playhouse offers new writing opportunities

Northern playwrights are being given an incredible opportunity to work with writer/director Kay Mellor, as well as a whopping £10k, to develop their own script. The successful Fellow will provide feedback on TV scripts and pitches, visiting sets for behind-the-scenes filming days, and developing a fully-formed TV pitch for their own script.

The fellowship runs for a year between Jan-Dec 2020. The “competition”, if you like, is open to writers based in the north who have already written up to three professionally produced plays and have an idea for a new, full-length production. It’s a shame that it’s open to professionals really, as it means those who’ve never had the confidence or the training to produce their own shows probably will be written out of this one.

Leeds Playhouse artistic director James Brining said: “Kay is a truly iconic figure: a distinctive northern voice who has been a passionate supporter of writers throughout her incredible career. We’re delighted to be collaborating with her – and her production team at Rollem – to champion talented local artists as part of this unique partnership. As an organisation, we’re always keen to encourage writers through our pioneering Furnace programme; to do so for both stage and screen through this dual development is an exciting new prospect. We can’t wait to see the work this important new fellowship generates.”

Kay Mellor, writer/creator of stellar TV hits like Band of Gold, Fat Friends and The Syndicate, said: “It’s a complete honour to be partnering with Leeds Playhouse to create an opportunity for a local writer. Our mission is to find a new talent with a unique voice, perhaps someone who wouldn’t normally be considered in the literary world. I’m really excited to read the submissions and then start mentoring the successful writer in 2020.”

For more information, please visit the Leeds Playhouse website.


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