Jerwood New Playwrights, Royal Court Theatre

Jerwood New Playwrights is part of a longstanding partnership between Jerwood Arts and the Royal Court which spans over 25 years. Since 1994, the Jerwood New Playwrights programme has supported over 70 writers to have their plays produced in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

This programme is receiving new funding of £60,000 through Jerwood, to continue supporting the theatre’s work across three areas:

  • Writer Development will create a professional network of writers and artists to support writing group participants in their early career development.
  • Introduction to Playwriting Groups will provide early-career writers with the opportunity to grow their craft and develop confidence in their work.
  • Jerwood New Playwright will enable one early-career writer/artist the opportunity to become a Jerwood New Playwright and see their work produced in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre.

The programme has produced a collection of challenging and outspoken works which explore a variety of new forms and voices. Previous Jerwood New Playwright recipients have included Jasmine Lee-Jones (seven methods of killing kylie jenner), Chris Thorpe (Victory Condition), Alice Birch (Anatomy of A Suicide) and Charlene James (Cuttin’ It).


Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director, Royal Court Theatre said:

Jerwood Arts’ commitment to developing artists is unrivalled and we are honoured to remain in partnership with them. This relationship has benefitted so many writers and as a result audiences and has had a real impact on the world of new-writing. As ever we are excited to see what the next writers supported by Jerwood will create and unleash into the world.

April 17, 2023
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