Act Write Direct
(also known as AWD)
*Are you a keen drama writer, who would love to see your work performed?
*Are you a committed actor, ‘resting’ between main productions and wanting to exercise your skills?
*Maybe you’ve thought about directing, but it’s all a bit daunting?
Then Act Write Direct could be for YOU.
It’s Creative and Inclusive. It’s by the members for the members. It's fun.
AWD is for practising and developing skills, and for trying new ones. A key principle
is including all our members who want to be involved and supporting each other.
We write, we act, we direct, we rehearse and finally we perform in a studio-type production
before our families and members. We are fortunate to be supported by Players’ experts in
stage management and design. AWD was first trialled in 2018 by a small group of
pioneers and in 2019 it was decided to offer the idea to the full membership.
At the 2019 AGM Members were encouraged to get involved in the AWD project by this video presentation. From this presentation to the final production was eight months.
As a consequence by March 2020, just before the lockdown, we were able to perform Studio 9 in front of an audience of family and friends.
During the next year there were many opportunities for the writers in the group to practise their art by writing short plays for Zoom Cafe evenings, Christmas Zoom and Burns Night. Writing was also encouraged by a Relay Play Writing event involving 13 writers. See
In June 2021, it was decided to embark on another AWD(3) on the theme of Blind Date.
The time scale was short but by the end of August eleven plays had been written, nine selected by anonymous assessment, and directors and actors had started rehearsing.
It is anticipated the time scale for the next 2022 AWD(4) will be seven months, with a performance date in October.
AWD BLIND DATE STUDIO - 16th October 2021