Bunbury Banter nurtures young Dumfries and Galloway playwrights of the future

Fresh from the success of its latest innovative production, Bunbury Banter Theatre Company has unveiled a scheme to nurture tomorrow’s playwrights.

The Young Playwrights Programme, run in association with The Theatre Royal, offers the chance for a small group, aged between 16 and 25, to work with established writers and other creatives.

It will allow them to develop their writing skills and create their own piece of theatre.

Anyone interested in being considered for the project is invited to come along to an informal meeting at The Theatre Royal, Dumfries, at 6pm on 12 November.

The project will involve regular group sessions and workshops and provide individual support. It will culminate in November 2020 with a closed-door performance for a specially invited theatre industry audience.

Bunbury Banter is an award-winning company based in the region which has a growing reputation for nurturing young people and for presenting high-quality, original theatre of every kind.

Its Hallowe’en production, the site specific Beneath The Dust, earned critical acclaim including a ★★★★ review from The Scotsman.

The Young Playwrights Programme will provide opportunities to read plays and take part in trips to theatres and galleries.

Ali Anderson-Dyer, Bunbury Banter Director, said: “We hope to inspire, nourish and develop young talent from Dumfries and Galloway by providing the chance to work with playwrights and others from all across the UK.

“We want to create a safe space for the young playwrights to explore their work, develop their skills and experience. What’s particularly exciting is that they will have a variety of people supporting them including playwrights, actors and dramaturgs.

“In doing this we hope to offer them a rounded picture of the way contemporary theatre is created.

“Having worked with new writing for over 15 years, I am passionate about this project. It can not only benefit the young people involved but perhaps help discover future playwrights who wouldn’t have been found without such a scheme.”

The project’s objectives are:

  • To inspire, nourish and develop those involved, to build their confidence and skills, encourage them to explore new ideas.
  • To cultivate new writing and plays which are professionally producible and that stem from unknown or lesser-heard young voices.
  • To advocate these fresh voices to the industry by semi-staging their work with professional casts and creative teams, and give them the opportunity to meet theatre professionals who are in a position to advise, encourage and assist them on their next steps.

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Pictured: Ali Anderson.