Craft Representatives

David Edgar

David Edgar

Co-Chair of the Theatre Committee

“I was President of the Writers’ Guild from 2007-2013 and was very proud to have been involved with the initial negotiation of two of the Guild’s three theatre agreements. Without these agreements, playwrights would not be guaranteed upfront fees; they would pay a proportion of their future earnings to theatres that did their work from the first pound; they would have no right to attend rehearsals or to be paid for so doing; or to be consulted over casting or text changes. Improving and policing these agreements is vital for playwrights and the health of the theatre. This also applies to other areas where the Guild has agreements, including television and radio. Any playwright who works under a Guild agreement should join the union.”