Professional development programme for playwrights and script writers
Participants’ open call
Thursday 24 June 2021
Thursday 22 July 2021
late July / early August 2021
Programme starts in September 2021
September – December 2021
Mentoring and writing period:
January – March 2022
March / April 2022
For questions or information about the programme, contact us on email@example.com
Wellspring is funded by City Bridge Trust
Vital Xposure in partnership with Paines Plough, Bush theatre and Theatre 503 presents Wellspring, a bespoke professional programme for London based disabled, Neurodivergent and D/deaf playwrights and script writers.
We are very excited to have teamed up with some of the most important disabled writers working in theatre today; Cheryl Martin, Sophie Woolley, Alex Bulmer and Vici Wreford-Sinnott, giving not only their skills, but also their experience of how their careers were built.
The programme aims to give participants the tools and confidence to tell their story in their own unique words. We will connect them with London’s new writing producing theatres, building sustainable relationships and careers.
You don’t have to have written a play before, though you are welcome if you have. All you need is a passion for the world you live in and a curiosity for what words and stories might be within you.
So, if you have imagination, words and courage, apply to the Wellspring and change the world!
Applications for Wellspring are now closed.
We are looking to recruit and train 8 London-based disabled, D/deaf or Neurodivergent writers and playwrights.
The training sessions will run from this September to December 2021.
Participants will take part in an intensive course of creative writing; covering character, plot devices and development, tools of inspiration, language, rhythms of narrative and other technical skills essential to writing a script.
The sessions will be facilitated by Alex Bulmer, Cheryl Martin, Sophie Woolley and Vici Wreford – Sinnott, who will frame the sessions with an explicitly political aim of creating a new vanguard in disabled writing.
During these learning workshops and discussions, each writer will begin work on their own script.
Participants will then be offered a period of one-to-one mentoring by Vital Xposure and partner organisations to support them to develop and write a script for performance (January – March 2022).
A showcase of script excerpts from all of the writers will be presented as part of a rehearsed reading to peers and industry partners (March / April 2022).