Theatr Clwyd’s Writer in Residence Scheme
Part of TYFU | GROW – Theatr Clwyd’s Creative Development Programme
Generously supported by the Friends of Theatr Clwyd and Gladstone’s Library


Applications open until Friday 28 July 2017

We are a home for writers in Wales, offering the time and space to write within a community of fellow artists without the pressure of ‘showing’ or producing something. We offer residencies connected to our in-house productions so writers can get to know other artists working here, spend time observing rehearsals and develop ideas in a supportive environment. The Writer in Residence Scheme is generously supported by the Friends of Theatr Clwyd and Gladstone’s Library.

The attachment 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 our Writers’ Room
  • Optional feedback on any work produced
  • The potential to work with actors on any work produced
  • A talk with the Friends of Theatr Clwyd about your work in progress
  • The opportunity to deliver a masterclass in writing for theatre with Theatr Clwyd’s young people.

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time writing and reflecting on your practice, for us to get to know each other and, if it’s helpful, to get feedback on your work. There is no obligation on you to produce anything for us at the end of the attachment and equally no obligation on us to produce the 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.

We are offering an attachment to our autumn production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright, directed by Kate Wasserberg.

“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

For this residency, we are inviting applications from female Welsh-speaking writers.
If you are interested, please send an email to gwennan.mair@theatrclwyd.com by 5pm on Friday 28 July 2017.

The email should include –

  • A CV of both your work as a writer and other employment, training and education
  • A brief description of where you currently are as a writer
  • A brief description of what you’d like to use the residency to work on
  • Two pages of a script that you’ve written

Please also confirm you are available for the full residency dates below.

Production and Dates:

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright, directed by Kate Wasserberg – Monday 18 September 2017 – Saturday 30 September 2017.
Please note that this is developmental attachment – we want to develop long term relationships with writers and this is just one of the ways we intend to do that. The attachment is about you, rather than what you write while you are here.
To hear from our past Writers in Residence on their experience, please visit our webpage here.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Past Writers in Residence:

Ben Norris (Jan’16)
Ben is an actor, writer and spoken-word artist, and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His work has been broadcast across BBC radio, his debut short film for Channel 4 was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Award, and his first solo show, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family’, won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe before touring the UK to huge acclaim. It has since been nominated for the Ted Hughes Award. Other writing for the stage has been performed or workshopped at Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre 503, Leicester Curve, Derby Theatre, and the Royal Court.

“Being writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd was an incredibly restorative experience for me, both as an artist and as a human being. Having the time and space to write and to think, away from the pressures and distractions of everyday freelance life, is such a rare and special gift, and evidence of Clwyd’s genuine commitment to the development of new writers. Working without the obligation to produce something ironically meant that I had one of the most productive fortnights of my professional life so far, facilitated no end by the quiet focus of both the writers’ room at the theatre and the beautiful Gladstone’s library. Having access to the rehearsal room was also very inspiring, especially on the days when I felt my focus slide a little; I would pop in for an hour, or half a day, and leave feeling re-energised by Tamara and the ‘Skylight’ cast, and attack my writing with renewed vigour.

Opportunities like this are increasingly rare, and increasingly vital. I am very grateful for the time I spent in Mold, and hope many more writers have the chance to do the same.”

Catrin Fflur Huws
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.”

Lucy Rivers 1. Photo by Kirsten McTernanLucy 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.”

Kelly Jones PhotoKelly 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.”



Alun Saunders HeadshotAlun 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.”


Neil Bebber ImageNeil Bebber (Jun – Jul ’16)
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?”