A space to connect, experiment and make work unafraid to disrupt the status quo.

Date of Activity: February – October 2022
Location: Glasgow and Online
Age Range: 18-25

textLAB was a response to the needs of young writers who were experiencing a block in the road for their artistic and professional development. They were seeking opportunities that would give them space to play with the many possible forms that performance can take.

In a continued partnership with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, textLAB offered training bursaries to six writers aged 18-25 to come together and interrogate – through practice – what contemporary performance writing could look like. The young writers helped build a long-term programme of creative provocations and skills development workshops that were bespoke to their needs, drawing on the expertise of artists working across forms, genres and disciplines. At the end of the programme, after 8 months of development, this community of writers shared new work live, in-front of an audience via a rehearsed reading.

“The provocations opened my eyes to different styles of writing, gave me parameters to try something new and inspired concepts that made it into the rehearsed reading. The playwrights themselves also gave me a fascinating insight into the industry and really great advice on how to get my work published.”

Calum Philp, textLAB Artist

“I’ve learnt that though a lot of writing is solitary, it doesn’t have to be lonely. Knowing I have a network of writers with very different perspectives & styles who are keen to give me insightful feedback, suggestions and solutions emboldens me to write more, and makes me feel more confident in taking the work further than just the page.”

Lara Delmage, textLAB Artist


Anna Whealing
Bo Hogan
Calum Philp
Dylan Russell
Lara Delmage
Lintong Zhang

Creative Team

Adura Onashile – Guest Artist
Amy Cheskin – Guest Artist
Andy Edwards – Guest Artist
Georgia Nelson – Dramaturgy
Ira Brand – Guest Artist
Leyla Josephine – Guest Artist
Oliver Emmanuel – Guest Artist
Shauna Macdonald – Director
Stef Smith – Guest Artist

Partner Organisations

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland

Supported by
Creative Scotland

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