Writer In Residence

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As part of our commitment to becoming a home for writers in Wales, Theatr Clwyd is offering playwrights the time and space to write within a community of fellow artists without the pressure of ‘showing’ or producing something.  For the second year, we are offering further residencies connected to our in-house productions. Writers can get to know other artists working here, spending time observing rehearsals and developing ideas in a supportive environment.  This programme was piloted last year, the result of many conversations between Artistic Director Tamara Harvey and playwrights at all stages in their careers, exploring what it is that writers actually need.

The residency includes:

  • A bursary to cover travel, subsistence and expenses
  • Accommodation at the nearby Gladstone’s Library (a beautiful Grade I listed building and the only Prime Ministerial Library in Britain)
  • Use of Theatr Clwyd’s Writers’ Room
  • Optional feedback on any work produced
  • The potential to work with actors performing at Theatr Clwyd on any work in progress

“This is a wonderful opportunity for writers to spend time writing and reflecting on their practice and to get feedback on their work. Our hope is that these attachments will form the beginning of a relationship with Theatr Clwyd and a network of writers who can call our theatre home.”

Tamara Harvey, Theatr Clwyd Artistic Director


How to Apply

Applications for Spring 2017 are now closed. Further opportunities will be advertised on this page, so please watch this space!


Past Writers in Residence:

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Catrin Fflur Huws
(Sept’16)
Catrin is the author of To Kill A Machine (which was nominated for 4 Wales Theatre Awards in 2016), Rain of Blood as well as shorter plays for Scriptography Productions EarCandy, PlayPen and Response Time projects.

“Theatr Clwyd and Gladstone’s Library’s writer in residence scheme is an excellent initiative. I learned such a lot during my two weeks there, and having the opportunity to talk to so many of the people who make a show what it is was extremely enlightening and helpful. I was very privileged to be able to see what happens when you put Wales Drama Awards 2016’s best director, best actor and best actress together in rehearsals – it has really raised the bar for me in terms of what good theatre ought to look like, and what I want to aspire to. Gladstone’s Library was a lovely, quiet place to work – that’s a very rare and precious thing these days where so many libraries have become places for talking. The staff at both venues were extremely helpful and kind and very welcoming. I had a very good time indeed. Thank you ever so much Theatr Clwyd. Thank you ever so much Gladstone’s Library.”

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Lucy Rivers
(Feb – Mar ’16)
Lucy is a writer, composer, actor and musician, and is co-founder of the multi-award-winning company Gagglebabble.

“I was lucky enough to spend a week at Theatr Clwyd early this year as their Writer in Residence. It gave me a great opportunity to start working on a new gig-theatre idea and since then I’ve continued to develop this show with the help of Arts Council of Wales funding and The Other Room. Staying at the beautiful Gladstone Library and having a room to write in, away from everything but surrounded by other artists working in the theatre, was a valuable experience.”

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Kelly Jones
(Mar – Apr ’16)
Winner of the BBC Wales Drama Award 2014, Kelly is originally from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and has been working in Wales since 2007.

“Time and space to write without the pressure of a deadline is a luxury. It’s the main reason that this program is integral to writer development. I had a very productive time at Theatr Clwyd and felt supported by all the core team and the JUMPY Company.”

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Alun Saunders
(Apr – May ’16)
Alun’s play, A Good Clean Heart, was The Other Room’s first piece of new writing – the new production for 2016 visits Edinburgh Fringe before touring venues across Wales.

“Writing time is precious, and is impossible to put a ‘price’ on. The opportunity given to me by Theatr Clwyd, the time and space to write for a week on an unspecified piece, with no pressure to deliver on a commission, or ‘performance’ was utterly invaluable. Diolch yn fawr iawn.”

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Neil Bebb
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After winning Script Slam with SEVEN PEOPLE at Sherman Cymru, Neil went on to receive Guardian reviews for his plays CUL DE SAC (Exeter Bikeshed) and STRAIGHT (Tactile Bosch, Cardiff). He’s since had work performed at Sherman Cymru, The Other Room, Chapter and Dirty Protest, Cardiff, as well as at Riverside Studios, Old Vic Tunnels and Almeida Theatre, London.

“Somewhere between inspiring visits to two different plays in rehearsal and regular visits to the designated Writer’s Room, I was able to fashion a new play which felt different to anything I’ve written previously. All this provided by an incredibly friendly, encouraging and accommodating team. When can I come back?”