We're delighted to be working with Lauryn Redding as Writer in Residence throughout 2023 as part of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation with Film4 and the Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund.

This scheme is awarded to six writers to be resident in theatres across the UK and is absolutely vital in celebrating and supporting emerging British writing talent.

The initiative awards six bursaries a year to new theatre writers. Four bursaries are supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation (one is dedicated to the memory of literary agent Tom Erhardt) and two by Film4. Each bursary is worth £10,000.

“I am beyond excited to be supported by this Scheme to create a new piece of work for the Royal Exchange Theatre. The Royal Exchange nurtured me and my play ‘Bloody Elle – a Gig Musical’ with care and expertise. I’m buzzed to be back in these magic walls to create my next play. It’s important to me that we use theatre to experience those stories we rarely see – and use art to make a difference. Also – to have a wicked night out! With the financial aid of the bursary and the integrity and support of the team at the Royal Exchange – it’s a perfect collaboration and opportunity to create something special. I’m going to go sharpen my pencils.”
Lauryn Redding