Supporting writers during this time
While our beautiful building is sitting empty in Sloane Square waiting for us to be able to go back, we have been busy doing the thing we do best, exploring how we can support writers during this time.
We decided early on that we could not cancel any of our work, the plays are too precious. You can read more about our upcoming programmed work here.
Our job in isolation is to find sustaining things we can offer writers. We want to let them off the hook from having to articulate the moment we are living through and instead find ways of giving them space to think, opportunities to connect and hold them in the realm of imagination and possibility.
As a charity, this is only possible through the generous support we receive from funders and our audiences.
If you’d like to donate to support the work:
Here are just a few of the things we are doing…
We’re pairing up 100 writers to have a series of online conversations together, creating intimate exchanges between one playwright in lockdown to another – whether they are peers, senior and brand new writers, within or beyond the UK.
Our next long-form group has started online, led by E.V. Crowe whose wonderful play Shoe Lady had its run cut short. We are using this opportunity to bring together UK writers with writers from China, the US, Singapore and Peru, forming a far flung community that will meet each week over the coming months.
Planned workshops with International Writers’ Groups have also moved online. Projects in Japan and Palestine will now take place virtually.
And, over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing writing exercises by playwrights who have previously led or taking part in our writers groups for anyone looking to hone their skills at home.
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