The Clive & Sylvia Richards Writer In Residence Bursary Applications Now Open

Pentabus have opened applications to find their second Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity Writer In Residence.


The £10,000 bursary supports a professional playwright in the early stage of their career, providing the opportunity for the recipient to spend up to a year at Pentabus’ base in South Shropshire. During their time with Pentabus, the recipient will be given the opportunity to write at least one new full length play or piece of theatre, whilst learning more about how a professional theatre company works.


Pentabus was a recipient of the Channel Four Writer in Residence Bursary for three years in a row, an unprecedented achievement. In 2018, they were awarded a grant from the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity to continue to support a Writer In Residence Bursary for two years. The first recipient of this Bursary was Sophie Ellerby, who will finish her year as Writer in Residence in September 2019.


'This is an incredible opportunity if you are in need of time and space to develop your writing. The residency has afforded me the space to THINK BIG. There is a saying, ‘write what you know’, which is a great place to start, but there comes a time to question, “What do I really want to write about, and why?” This bursary is a chance for you to challenge yourself and feel supported in the process. Apply now!' Sophie Ellerby.

More info HERE

Applications open on Monday 8 April 2019 and close on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 10am. 

Previous Pentabus Writers in Residence were Tim Foley (2016), Joe White (2015) and Simon Longman (2014). Tim was a Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting winner in 2017; Simon won the George Devine award for his play Gundog at the Royal Court, London, and in 2018 his play Rails was produced by Theatre By The Lake in Keswick and Joe had his play Mayfly produced by the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond.


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