A New Opportunity for Young Welsh Playwrights
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and S4C are seeking young playwrights to be part of a brand new national writing scheme. This is the first time that the three national companies have brought their respective specialities together in order to work with young people, with the intention of inspiring the next generation of Welsh playwrights.
The Young Playwrights Programme will offer training, mentoring and professional development opportunities to aspiring playwrights aged between 17 and 25. The scheme includes question-and-answer sessions with playwrights and experienced scriptwriters, together with opportunities for further one-to-one discussions. The young playwrights will also be encouraged and supported to compete in future Eisteddfod writing competitions, and 3 of the most successful competitors will have an opportunity to further develop their plays with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru so that they can be shared.
The eventual aim is to offer a unique opportunity for one successful playwright to spend a year as a Young Resident Playwright with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. This is the first time for the company to offer an opportunity like this to a young playwright. As well as being mentored by the Theatr Gen team, the Young Resident Playwright will also have the opportunity to be mentored by S4C’s Drama Commissioner and to work with some of their latest scriptwriters. This individual will also receive a development commission to start working on a new play for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
Rhian A. Davies, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Executive Producer, said:
“Nurturing the next generation of Welsh-language playwrights and artists is at the heart of Theatr Gen’s work. So we’re thrilled to further develop our partnerships with the Urdd and S4C and to work together, as national Welsh organisations, to put in place long-term schemes that will offer regular opportunities for young people to develop their creative skills in the theatre sector and to help secure a bright future for Welsh culture.”
Sian Eirian, Acting Director of the Urdd Eisteddfod and the Arts, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our members. As an organisation, we are constantly seeking new opportunities to enable our members to develop skills and confidence in the fields that interest them. The opportunities for work experience within the arts are few and far between, therefore we are very glad to be able to collaborate with our partners to ensure this unique opportunity.”
Catrin Hughes Roberts, Director of Partnerships at S4C, said:
“This programme supports S4C’s aim to attract new talent and voices from all backgrounds to the sector. We’re delighted to work with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and the Urdd to inspire a group of authors who will create exciting content in Welsh, and will reflect Wales on the screen and the stage.”
The first open sessions will be held in February 2021, and further details about this new programme – including the names of the playwrights and the authors who will be taking part – will be announced soon.
For more information about the programme and how to register, go to the project page here.