Call for playwrights to partner on Arts Council applications

We are now closed to applications

Are you:

  • A playwright looking for professional development and a step up the ladder ?
  • In need of a production company to help you stage a script-in-hand performance or rehearsed reading?
  • Preparing to apply for a Grant for the Arts (GfA) through Arts Council England?

The salon:collective is passionate about helping writers develop and reach bigger audiences.  We are ready to take our salon:lab writer development programme to the next level. Alex Clarke, one of the playwrights we worked with in our first salon:lab programme, called us ‘caffeine for the new writer’. We want to form relationships with bold writers who have something compelling and relevant to say.

We can assist you with your professional development  and share our team’s experience in producing, directing and dramaturgy while you are negotiating the ACE funding process. Recent projects where playwrights have chosen to partner with us include Fats and Tanya and TRAILER/trash).

Our offer

After a selection process, we will arrange an initial meeting so that we can understand your future intentions for your play, offer guidance on your next steps and discuss being a named creative or production partner in your Grants for the Arts application. 

Thereafter, ongoing support including:

  • script development
  • mentoring on production processes
  • support with staging readings for audience feedback

is dependent on various conditions being met within your successful GfA bid. 

Should your funding application be successful, our fee would be covered by the amount agreed in your  application.

Apply below with details of your project by Sunday 2 July 2017. We’re excited to hear from you.

Diversity policy:

We believe theatre exists to broaden minds, expand horizons and sharpen perception. To do this, lesser heard voices need a space on stage. We are proud to have contributed to this in previous productions where we have redressed gender roles in Shakespeare (the Tempest), explored issues of domestic abuse and cross-cultural conflict (Fats and Tanya) and racial and gender prejudice (TRAILER/trash). We also have a play in development looking at issues surrounding Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Theatre consists of human stories, made accessible. We want to hear those lesser heard voices in all work we’re involved in, whether a play focuses on a specific issue or not. So, we’d love to hear from you, and hear what you’re passionate about so we can find ways to collaborate and create something new together.

How we assess potential partners

We will consider the following criteria:

  • Does your writing style inspire us creatively? (we’ll need a 10-page extract or your work)
  • Do you have something relevant to say that reflects our diversity policy?
  • Does your project take account of production constraints (cast size/budget/likelihood of receiving funding)?

Other considerations before you apply

If you are new to Arts Council GfA applications (grants under £15,000) we suggest you consider an application for Research and Development funding for a rehearsed reading or script-in-hand performance. A first application would be typically £5-10K. If you’ve already received funding from Arts Council England, you may be looking for full production support, or  you may want us to provide script development or mentoring to support your development as an artist.  Any of these roles can be listed as part of an Arts Council funding application where working with partner organisations is viewed favourably as part of grant applications.

If we like your idea, we’ll meet you in late July  to discuss how we can best partner with you on your ACE GfA funding application. This will give you time to submit your funding application by September, make a second application if necessary and be ready for a production in 2018.

If this inspires you, please get in touch using the form below. Please note, that we are unfortunately not able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

"the salon:collective team helped me at every stage from developing drafts of the Fats and Tanya script with actors to planning a full Camden Fringe production - within six months of bringing Fats and Tanya to salon:lab I was able to see it on stage."

Lucy GallagherWriter: Fats and Tanya

"If every development team were as inclusive as salon:lab I have no doubt we would see more and more important, different, diverse writing emerging in the UK."

Alex ClarkeWriter: Our Kid Jesus

Please use the form below to apply. Successful applicants will be invited to an initial meeting in July to discuss their application in more detail. Deadline: Sunday 2 July.

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We are now closed to applications