PYROMANIA: Bursary Programme

About

Pyromania is a bursary programme created by Fire Exit to support playwrights based in Scotland to develop their skills in experimental writing. Designed for writers at any stage in their career, Pyromania aims to help create truly innovative text for contemporary theatre.

Award-winning writer and director David Leddy will work with two writers to mentor and support them to develop a new script over the course of a year.

In 2018/19 each playwright selected will receive:

  • A £1000 cash bursary.

  • Between 6-8 mentoring meetings over the course of a year with David Leddy.

  • A rehearsed reading of the script at the end of year with a professional cast (scheduled to take place at Tron Theatre as part of Take Me Somewhere, May 2019).

Pyromania is now closed for applications. Please check back for future dates and information.

If you have any questions about Pyromania, please get in touch with Viviane Hullin on 0141 552 6719 or at info (at) davidleddy.com.

Pyromania is a Fire Exit programme with Tron Theatre and support from Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Take Me Somewhere. Funded by The Bridge Awards and Creative Scotland.

Eligibility for Pyromania

Applicants must:

  • Have had at least 1 play professionally staged.

  • Have a proposal for a contemporary, experimental script they would like to write and develop through Pyromania.

  • Be living full-time in Scotland.

  • Not be a student in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week).

  • Be available for one year to work on their script and to attend mentoring meetings with David Leddy.

  • Be over 21.

How do I apply?

Pyromania is now closed for applications.

For future Pyromania applications please see the information below.

In order to apply for Pyromania applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A completed application form.

  • A 10-page sample of writing. The writing sample should demonstrate the quality of the applicant’s previous work, the style does not need to be experimental. The sample needs to come from a stage play.

  • A proposal for a contemporary, experimental script to be developed and written; no longer than 1 x A4 page.

  • A playwrighting CV; including contact details and information on professional productions of the work.

Applications will be eligibility-checked in the first instance before they are anonymised and passed to the assessment panel. Applications will be assessed by Fire Exit and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland.

Key Dates

28th February 2018 - Deadline for 2018 applications.

April 2018 - Notification of successful applicants and announcement of playwrights.

May 2018 - Mentoring begins.

May 2019 - Rehearsed readings of developed scripts at Tron Theatre as part of Take Me Somewhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for my application?
Pyromania is now closed for applications.

When will I find out if I have been selected or not?
The panel will meet in March to discuss the applications and we will notify all applicants of the panel’s decision in April.

If I am not selected, will you provide feedback on my work?
Because of the volume of applications we anticipate receiving, we are unable to provide specific feedback on your writing or on your application.

What do you mean by 'professionally produced'?
This means that you and/or the presenting organisation received either public funding or you were paid a commission or fee for your work.

What should I include in my writing sample?
We ask for a writing sample to give the selection panel a flavour of your writing. Your writing sample should demonstrate the quality of your previous work, the style does not need to be experimental. Your sample needs to come from a stage play.

Can my proposal be the development of a script I have already started/is already in development with other people?
Yes, you can have started working on the script and have the script in development with other people for future use.

Can my proposal be a completely new version of a script that I have already written?
Yes.

Will I have to have completed a script by the end of a year?
We encourage people to and anticipate that you will have completed a full-length script by the end of the year.

Can my idea be for a shorter piece of work?
No, we are encouraging people to develop a full-length script.

Who will assess my application?
Applications will be eligibility-checked in the first instance before they are anonymised and passed to the assessment panel. Applications will be assessed by Fire Exit and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland.

If I am successful for Pyromania will Fire Exit put on a production of my script?
This bursary is about artistic development for you. Fire Exit will not be able to produce your play in the future, but can offer advice on other potential opportunities.

I am Scottish but based elsewhere, am I eligible to apply?
Currently this opportunity is only open to people living full time in Scotland.

Will you pay my travel expenses?
If you are based outside of the Central Belt we will be able to make a contribution towards travel you will need to undertake as part of Pyromania.

Credits

Pyromania is a Fire Exit programme with Tron Theatre and support from Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Take Me Somewhere. Funded by The Bridge Awards and Creative Scotland.

Creative Scotland
The Bridge Awards
Tron Theatre
Playwrights' Studio Scotland
Take Me Somewhere

2018 Pyromania Playwrights

The 2018/19 Pyromania Playwrights are:

Andy Edwards

Andy Edwards is a Glasgow-based playwright, theatre-maker and dramaturg.
Andy is a graduate of the University of Glasgow’s MLitt in Playwriting and Dramaturgy and former Mentored Playwright with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. Scribble, his play about anxiety and supernovas developed during his attachment to Playwrights’ Studio, won the inaugural Assembly Roxy Theatre Award for 2017.

His work includes On The Waves Of The Air…, Telfer Gallery, GI 2018 (Dramaturg, dir. Carrie Skinner); In Burrows, Tron Theatre, Mar 2018 (Lead Artist); Y Filltir Sgwar, Bunbury Banter Theatre Company, Theatre Royal Dumfries, Sep 2017 (Playwright, dir. Ali-Anderson Dyer); Scribble, Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 (Playwright dir. Amy McKenzie); Felzheit, CCA, Glasgow, Jan 2017 (Dramaturg, dir. Carrie Skinner); and Killing Time, Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh, Aug 2012 (Playwright dir. Andy Edwards & Will Naameh).
Andy leads Talking Dramaturgy and writes for Exeunt Magazine. Publications include talking dramaturgy: a zine (2017) and In Burrows (forthcoming).

Deb Jones

Deb Jones is a Welsh multi disciplinary theatre maker, writer and performer based in Glasgow. Her work crosses over between theatre and live art with political agency at its heart. Her ideas strive to create a radical theatre of optimism inspired by transformation and new possibilities for human connection.

Last year she completed development of Old Fruit through the New Playwrights Award with Playwrights Studio, an immersive play that challenges the oldest myth of all time in a lively re working of the Garden of Eden. A playful interrogation that problematises traditional narratives and subverts the dominant voice.
Eye Spy, a solo performance piece for Buzzcut, an eccentric journey through the eyeball exploring sight, vision and a duty of care to each others different lived realities.
Hare-um Scare-um, a gothic side show of queer hairy horror and a celebration of otherness for Village Pub Theatre and Stellar Quines.

2017 Pyromania Playwrights

The 2017/18 Pyromania Playwrights are:

Amy Conway

Amy is a theatre maker and performer based in Glasgow. She trained at the University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In the past 18 months, I-HAPPY-I-GOOD, an immersive one-to-one performance about deafblindness, toured to On The Verge, Liverpool in association with Conflux; 30:60:80, a verbatim show exploring maternal histories and intergenerational difference, toured Scottish theatres with support from Creative Scotland; and Super Awesome World, an interactive show that invites the audience to become Amy's fellow adventurers in her quest for good mental health, completed a second stage of development with support from the Tron and Platform, culminating in a work-in-progress performance at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Super Awesome World will première at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Amy has just finished working with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company supported by an Federation of Scottish Theatre Assistant Director Bursary. She assisted Gill Robertson on Pondlife and Bed, a new development with National Theatre Scotland.

Maryam Hamidi

Maryam trained as an actor at Queen Margaret University College and for over 10 years she has followed a multidisciplinary path as a writer, director and actor on stage, screen and radio.

As an actor she has worked with the National Theatre of Scotland, 7:84, Tron Theatre, The Paper Birds and BBC Scotland, to name a few. She is an associate of A Moment's Peace Theatre company with whom she co-created Amnesty Award nominated The Chronicles of Irania.

Most recently her play The Builders has had readings at Tron Theatre and Theatre 503 and she was awarded a TronLab bursary to develop Archaeology, a simulated archaeological dig unearthing the otherness of the diasporic experience. She is also in post-production with her first short film as Writer/Director Bloody Love funded through the SFTN 5@Five scheme.

Maryam co-founded Boost, a grassroots initiative to promote ethnically diverse voices across the stage and screen industries.