First Stages Festival

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Every year, we invite anyone with an idea for a play to send us their script through our Open Submissions window.

This year, 6 scripts have been selected from over 400 submissions to receive dramaturgical support with the aim of helping the writers develop their plays. This culminates in our first-ever First Stages Festival featuring script-in-hand readings of the selected plays, showcasing them to industry professionals and Traverse audiences alike. Each evening will be followed by a Q&A.

This festival is a celebration of the Traverse’s commitment to nurturing and supporting new voices. The festival programme also includes writing workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities. Come in, we’re open!

First Stages Festival is supported by The Noël Coward Foundation
Open Submissions is supported by the Foyle Foundation

Image: Lauren McLay

List of Events, 12 per page.

  1. Audition Preparation Workshop

    First Stages Festival

    Led by Gareth Nicholls, this workshop will examine how to prepare and feel comfortable in auditions.

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  2. Panel Discussion: Who's Who at the Traverse

    First Stages Festival

    Come and meet the Traverse’s Artistic and Programming team. Learn more about the work that goes on behind the scenes and ask questions about what’s coming up next at the Traverse.

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  3. First Stages Readings: I’m Not Here / Tiger Mum

    First Stages Festival By Rachael O’Connor / Eva Edo

    This year, 6 scripts have been selected from over 400 submissions to receive dramaturgical support and be presented as rehearsed readings.

    Info / Book
  4. First Stages Readings: Blessed / Exquisite Corpse

    First Stages Festival By Natalie McGrath / Conor O’Loughlin

    This year, 6 scripts have been selected from over 400 submissions to receive dramaturgical support and be presented as rehearsed readings.

    Info / Book
  5. A Playwrights’ Gathering: Scotland, a place for playwrights?

    First Stages Festival

    A great way to catch up on the latest issues affecting playwrights in Scotland.

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  6. First Stages Readings: Motherland / 44 Sex Acts

    First Stages Festival By Hugo Timbrell / David Finnigan

    This year, 6 scripts have been selected from over 400 submissions to receive dramaturgical support and be presented as rehearsed readings.

    Info / Book
  7. Playwright and Director Networking Event

    First Stages Festival

    This informal networking session is an opportunity for professional playwrights and directors to make new connections and meet potential collaborators.

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  8. Imaginate Accelerator Reading: The Turmeric Trail

    First Stages Festival By Skye Loneragan

    A new play about the power of our thoughts to create our reality. Told through the eyes of an insect-obsessed teenager who is on the brink of exams she can’t afford to fail.

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