Along with Theatr Clwyd and National Theatre Wales, have launched a new initiative to find, develop and produce the best new plays in Wales. Am Ddrama / Play On will enable writers in Wales to connect directly to three of the nation’s biggest producing theatre companies.  

We’re assembling a new diverse panel of freelancers  to give feedback on new English-language and Welsh-language work and to match the most promising scripts and playwrights with the company best placed to develop, commission and produce their work, in both languages.  

Readers will be engaged for a term of six months and the panel will come together monthly (online) to discuss submitted plays. Readers will be supported with a full induction on reading and report writing for Play On.  

Each reader will receive a retainer of £200 per month for up to two days of their time, including the monthly readers’ meeting. Some flexibility is appreciated as more of the readers’ time may be required (and paid for) subject to regular review and the level of submissions, month to month.  

 

Reader's Call Out: The window is open once again for you to express an interest to become a reader - follow this link for more details and to express your interest before the period ends on 13.07.22: Play On 

 

Submit scripts that have not previously been submitted to one of the three organisations: The window is open again for you to submit your play to us. Follow this link for more details and to submit your script: Call out for scripts

 

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at  post@amddrama-playon.cymru, or contact us via voicemail or text to  07908 439417. 

 

During the process, playwrights will have access to an eager panel of freelance and in-house readers, selected by the three partners following open callouts in August 2021 and May 2022. The first cohort of Readers have been appointed for the first 6 months.  These include  Charles O’Rourke, who has a background in manual labour, literary translation and queer activism and is a script reader for Liverpool’s Everyman Playhouse and Channel 4. Lowri Izzard, who trained at RADA and has recently wrapped on a new comedy feature film, Brian and Charles, for Film4 and BFI.  Freelance dramaturg  Mary Davies, who has recently completed her PhD at the Shakespeare Institute and RSC. Melangell Dolma, playwright, actor and Creative Development Coordinator at Theatr Genedlaethol, and  Yasmin Begum who is a Welsh-Pakistani campaigner, writer and creative practitioner. She currently works at Gwasg Honno Press, the oldest independent women’s press in the United Kingdom. Rahim El Habachi, who is a creative associate with National Theatre Wales, an LGBT+ refugee and asylum seekers campaigner, has worked with the Welsh National Opera and Sherman Theatre; he is a performer and theatre maker.  

Welsh dramaturg  Ffion Emlyn has worked for the BBC for over twenty years, mainly as a Radio Drama Producer for BBC Radio Cymru. Ffion has also worked as Script Editor and Story Producer on other BBC programmes such as Casualty and Pobol y Cwm, and has enjoyed developing new writing talent over the years.  

Elizabeth Freestone is a theatre director, creative consultant and environmentalist. She has directed plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester Royal Exchange, the Citizens Theatre Glasgow, the Young Vic and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, amongst others. She is a former Artistic Director of Pentabus, a new work touring company.