Designed to respond to the decline in new theatre commissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPCS will ensure 18 new commissions for playwrights across England in 2022.
The scheme has been generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre through the Theatre Development Trust; and has raised over £50,000 in donations from major producers, actors, and writers. Faber has also made a generous donation to the New Play Commission Scheme, and will award an additional £5,000 to the best play by an unpublished writer.
The scheme provide grants equivalent to the WGGB commissioning minimum for the type of theatre and/or company commissioning the work. Playwrights were required to apply for the scheme in partnership with a venue or producer.
Applications have now closed and recipients have now been announced. You can see the full list here
Ellie Peers, General Secretary of the WGGB, said:
“The last two years have brought immense challenges to playwrights and have stopped many promising careers in their tracks. The New Play Commission Scheme brings writers and theatres together to produce new work under fair and equitable terms. We are hugely proud to be a part of this scheme.”
The NPCS could not happen without our generous partners, supporters and donors. Find out more here
The selection panel was chaired by WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth
To view further information on all members of our selection panel, click on the ‘Bio’ buttons below