LYT Writer in Residence

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company is delighted to be hosting a Writer in Residence for the Lyceum’s Youth Theatre supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. The Lyceum is seeking applications from professional writers for children and young people based in Scotland. We are conscious that writers for children and young people are under-served by Fellowship opportunities in Scotland and we are seeking a writer in any medium (including but not limited to: plays, novels, poetry and picture books) who creates work for the youngest members of our society.

The successful applicant will become Writer in Residence for the Lyceum Youth Theatre for seven months from April to October 2020 to respond to the proposition; What would Greta do? This theme was developed in collaboration with members of the Lyceum Youth Theatre taking inspiration from the story of Greta Thunberg and the many young trailblazers who have changed our world for the better.

The Lyceum’s Youth Theatre has a number of upcoming projects specifically designed around this theme, including our Easter holiday course which will be looking at theatre and social action. This residence offers a writer in Scotland the opportunity to explore the creativity, the activism and the energy of the young people that attend the Lyceum’s Youth Theatre. The ultimate benefit of this is a meeting of minds between generations that will, at its best, enrich the experience of the young people while giving the writer an opportunity to develop their craft with a group of ‘Gretas’.

The Lyceum’s Creative Learning department runs a diverse range of projects within to our lifelong learning programme. This includes school’s workshops, community projects, acting classes for 60+ and Scotland’s largest youth theatre. The Lyceum Youth theatre has 350 members aged between 5-21, This range of ages creates exciting possibilities for creative responses. The department is staffed by individuals who passionately believe in the importance of bringing art and young people together. They will be a valuable resource for a writer as they delve into the possibilities that working with the youth theatre will inspire.

The fellow will have options as to how best to interact with the youth theatre – they could decide to sit in on weekly sessions, attend a holiday course, or watch performances. There is the opportunity to bring work to the youth theatre to be read and experimented with or they might choose to devise directly with the young people.  In addition to this, there is the possibility to work alongside the other strands of The Lyceum’s Creative Learning programme.

The successful applicant would be attached to the Lyceum’s Youth Theatre and will also benefit from the full range of The Lyceum’s activities and support including:

  • A £12,000 bursary
  • Complimentary tickets to The Lyceum’s productions
  • Invitation to attend press nights & bespoke networking opportunities
  • Invitation to join The Lyceum Reading Committee (quarterly meeting)
  • Opportunity for one-to-one mentoring sessions with The Lyceum’s artistic team and core staff
  • Attendance at L20 events, The Lyceum’s artist attachment programme that will begin in June

Eligibility & Application
The Fellowship is open to writers for children and young people based in Scotland (a travel bursary is available to make this opportunity accessible to writers based anywhere in Scotland). To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must have had one professional production of their work staged or broadcast or have had published at least one novel, graphic novel or equivalent work, one collection of short stories or one poetry pamphlet. Writers working in English, Gaelic or Scots may apply.

We are particularity interested to hear from:

  • Writers from all creative disciplines who write for children and young people
  • Writers who are passionate about, and inspired by, working with young people and who have experience of working with young people
  • We particularly welcome applications from groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in the theatre industry and who may have faced barriers to their success.
  • Writers who want to change the world, like Greta would.

To apply for this Fellowship please complete the online application. In your application you will be asked:

  • Tell us a bit about yourself and your work
  • What piece of work are you most proud of and why?
  • Tell us about your work with young people to date and why you would like to work with the Lyceum Youth Theatre
  • Do you have an idea of how you would like to work with the Lyceum Youth Theatre?
  • Please give us an idea of how you would like to respond to the proposition: What would Greta do?
  • Attach a 10-page sample of your work

To apply for this opportunity please complete an application by flowing the link below

Deadline: Sunday 15 March 2020, 5pm
Interviews: Saturday 4 April 2020.
Availability 10am – 4.30pm on Wednesday 8 April would be beneficial to the fellow but is not obligatory.    

If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would like the application form in a different format, please email or call Ruth Butterworth on 0131 248 4800.