Writers

We seek to tell great stories which are locally and universally relevant.

Sometimes those stories are specific to our local area and developed in collaboration with our local community: our upcoming coproduction with St. Johnstone will be researched with pundits and fans; our touring show A Six-Inch Layer of Topsoil and the Fact it Rains was created through conversations with the farming community across Perthshire.

In the past four years we have commissioned and produced the work of Scottish and Scottish-based writers Kieran Hurley, Frances Poet, David Harrower, Morna Young, Zinnie Harris, Rona Munro, Oliver Emanuel, James Ley, Sarah MacGilvery, Ros Sydney, Rob Drummond, Martin McCormick, and Will Pickvance.

We support the work of many more writers through development and presentation. Where we can, we will support the exploration and showcasing of new work.

We are currently running a programme for the development of Perthshire writers in collaboration with the Playwright’s Studio Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

If you are a local professional writer – regardless of whether you are primarily a playwright, poet or prose-writer – raised or currently living within Perthshire, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch, and we’ll have a chat.

Seeing and Reading Your Work

Our Artistic Director is invested in new writing and reads and sees as much new work as she can, but our capacity as a team is limited.

If you wish to send us a script it is best if you first send us a short synopsis (max 300 words) on what you would like us to read, and a few sentences about you as a writer – where you are based and where you feel you are in your work. We will solicit and read scripts where we feel we can genuinely engage in the possibility of a future relationship with that work or you as a writer. We will prioritise Scotland based writers. We are unable to read unsolicited manuscripts. We will endeavour always to acknowledge receipt of your enquiry.

Get In Touch

Please contact us through casting@horsecross.co.uk

Associate Artist (Drama) - Freelance contract

This is a freelance term contract. The fee is £7500 (50 days @£150).

The project must run between October 2021 and March 2022 over 50 days. These 50 days will include workshops, as well as planning time and attending meetings.  Workshops for children’s group will run on Mondays; 3.30pm-5.15pm and adult workshops will run on a weekday morning which will be negotiated between ESOL and the artist. Applicants must have availability to complete the project in this timeline. The workshops timetable will be decided in conversation between the Associate Artist and ESOL.

To apply for this position please send the following to engagement@horsecross.co.uk

  • A CV (you may want to include details of any work you’ve undertaken, work experience, volunteering, experience from college or university, or the amateur sector, or anything else that you think is relevant and you’d like to tell us about)
  • A covering letter (450 words max) that includes:
    • the skills and experiences you will bring to this role;
    • an example of a community-based project you’ve worked on, outlining what you did, what the successes of the project were, and anything that was challenging.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to someone about the role before applying, please contact engagement@horsecross.co.uk

Closing date: Saturday 25 September 12noon.

Interviews: w/c Monday 4 October.

Give the Job Specification below a read and apply today!

Job Description