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Sky Comedy Rep

Writing Development Scheme

Following the success of Sky Comedy Rep 2021, The Rep and Sky Studios are incredibly excited to launch the second year of this writing development scheme.

Eight writers will be selected to develop a one-act stage play, and will be paid for their work. The writers will attend a series of workshops, receive tailored writing support, and trial their work at a scratch performance.

The scheme will culminate in showcase performances of the plays, alongside industry events, at The Rep next year.

All the plays will focus around a simple premise: a proposal in a park.

Throughout the programme, writers will also receive mentoring support from huge names in British comedy, who will help to develop the new writers’ work. Previous mentors include Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars), Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen) and Danny Brocklehurst (Brassic, Shameless).

Sky Comedy Rep aims to discover and grow new comedy writing talent from across the UK, particularly from communities that have traditionally been under-represented in the arts. If this is you, we can’t wait to hear your ideas.

All you need to do is write a few pages of script – featuring a proposal in a park – and complete the application form.

Application deadlines

Mon 4 Jul midday, applications open

Fri 12 Aug midday, applications close

Info for applicants

Further information about the application process, including workshop dates and terms & conditions, can be found here.

FAQs

Find answers to Sky Comedy Rep frequently asked questions here.

Applications now open

When I started in comedy I didn’t have a clue. How to write a script, how to put my ideas into a format that would allow others to help me bring them to life. I’m just glad I can now be a part of the journey for new and incredibly talented creatives coming through.” Guz Khan

Sky Comedy Rep 2021

Past mentors have been some of the best comedy writers in the business, including Holly Walsh, Emma Fryer, Robin French, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Oriane Messina, Fay Rusling, Meera Syal, Simon Blackwell, Danny Brocklehurst and Guz Khan. Dame Julie Walters is Patron.

 “It’s been a delight working with and getting to know Lowri and Mari. We’ve talked so much – dealing with deadlines, notes and writers block, what makes us laugh, and where creativity comes from. We’ve also spoken a lot about representation and inclusion. There’s been a huge progress in the industry in recent years, but it’s still intimidating for anyone who feels they don’t fit the usual mould to grow the confidence to take up space and find their voice. I must add that these are all ongoing conversations – I certainly haven’t got the answers, but they’ve promised to give me a shout when they work it out!” Emma Fryer

You can sometimes forget the weird labyrinth the television industry can sometimes be. it’s not enough to just writer a funny script. it’s about how to pitch a show, who to take it to, deciphering notes and commissioner lingo, and whole host of other leaps and hurdles. It’s been a joy to help with that. Long may this scheme continue.” Daniel Lawrence Taylor