INCUBATE Live Lit Residency

INCUBATE is a live lit programme that offers Black and ethnic minority writers the chance to develop a new or existing piece of writing for the stage. The residency is open to all writers – not just playwrights – who are at the early stage of their career.

The residency offers the chance for writers to:

  • explore dynamic performance techniques in a supportive and collaborative environment
  • share possibilities to bring your text from the page to the stage
  • develop skills and confidence in performing and presenting work
  • develop skills in vocal projection, movement and inhabiting texts
  • play with site and audience expectations
  • work both as a group and on a one-to-one basis, with time to develop and adapt writing throughout the process
  • develop a performance work between 15 and 30 minutes

The residency will culminate in an industry scratch night. The scheme aims help writers who are keen to research and develop their work in a new way. Ideally, it will be something they would like to continue developing afterwards, with a funding application as the next step.


Over the course of three days, three writers worked with acclaimed producer Stuart Silver to turn their original writing – everything from one-page scripts, a short story and an even flash pieces – into live lit fit for the stage. They also received 4 hours contact time with a mentor. Travel, food, accommodation and childcare costs were covered up to £100.

Three Black and ethnic minority writers were selected through an open application, competitive process for the scheme:

  • Umit Ozturk
  • Lynne Blackwood
  • Priti Barua.

The residency was based at The Nightingale Theatre in Brighton and culminated in an industry scratch night in January 2012 before an audience of promoters, producers and the general public. .

Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the arts

Photographs: Bip Mistry