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Development Programme for Disabled Playwrights and Script Writers Announced

The second round of a groundbreaking professional development programme for London-based disabled, d/Deaf and Neurodivergent playwrights and script writers has been announced.

Led by renowned disabled writers and directors in collaboration with other theatre professionals providing mentoring support, Wellspring 2023 will provide eight London-based playwrights with opportunities to develop their playwriting skills.

The initiative by Vital Xposure, a disabled-led touring theatre company, and supported by City Bridge Trust will culminate in professional readings of the playwrights’ work and, help build their own networks in the theatre sector.

Participants will take part in a training course of creative writing; covering character, plot devices and development, tools of inspiration, language and other technical skills essential to writing a script, alongside sessions with theatre industry professionals.

Initially launched in 2021, Wellspring brought together four partners from high profile new writing theatres – Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Paines Plough, Theatre503 – who provided mentoring support to the eight participants of the first cohort.

The new workshops will run from May to July 2023, followed by a script development period with mentoring support (September – November 2023) and culminating in an industry showcase event with rehearsed readings from the scripts (January 2024).

Applications close on Thursday 6 April 2023.

Visit to find out more and for information on how to apply.



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