“I’ve been a proud member of the Writers’ Guild for about six years and I have got a lot out of it. I joined because I believe in writers – and all workers in fact – getting together to stand up for their rights. Once you join there are all sorts of ways to get involved. I was a member of the Guild’s Theatre Committee for a few years until my current workload prevented it and it was through that that my In Battalions campaign came about. I was also involved in helping write the Working Playwright pamphlets and in securing new terms with ITC and UK Theatre in the last but one round of negotiations. I also helped advise on the ‘Plays of Innocence and Experience’ project, an annual playwrights’ development programme which took place in collaboration with RADA. The Guild also helped support my own playwrights-in-schools scheme ‘Schoolwrights’. It is more important than ever that writers join the Guild. The next five years are going to be stormy to say the least and together we really are stronger. I’d especially encourage younger writers to join. Once you’re in there are all kinds of opportunities to get new initiatives off the ground and shape the nature of the debate within our sector.”
Why I'm a WGGB member
Fin Kennedy is a playwright and Artistic Director of Tamasha. In 2013, he launched the In Battalions campaign to highlight the effect of Arts Council funding cuts on new writing in theatre. He is a former member of the WGGB Theatre Committee.