what's a dramaturg?
Great question! A dramaturg is someone who supports a writer, or production, in reaching for the fullest version of itself; someone who helps you shape and clarify your work.
If you want to read more, check out what the Dramaturgs' Network has to say.
will you tell me if my play is good?
Without getting too philosophical about it, we don't think value words like 'good' are very much use. Ask ten different people what a 'good' play looks like, and you'll get ten different answers.
We try to work in the spaces between what you intend for your script, and what we’re currently receiving from it. Our job is to help bridge that gap with you, not to pass value judgement on your work.
which of you will I work with?
Unless you request to work with one of us in particular (and we take no offence to preference!), we decide who works with who based on availability.
can I work with both of you?
Absolutely! Dramaturgy is always subjective, so if you'd like both of our opinions then we can meet you at the same time and explore where our responses agree and differ.
will you read the same play twice?
Of course! These second meetings are often where our most useful work happens, because we have something to build on.
can you get my play programmed?
Not directly, no. We can support you in developing your play, and likely preempt some questions or comments that readers for theatres and/or prizes might have based on our experience in these roles, but we are not in a position to influence programming.
can you introduce me to directors, producers or other collaborators?
If you’re looking for potential collaborators, we’d suggest contacting the people whose work you’ve seen and enjoyed, and asking them if they’d like to read your script. We find this the most fruitful way of making connections.
can I have a written script report instead of a meeting?
We've been back and forth over this question, and have decided not to offer it as an option.
We know how useful a written document can be, which is why we offer the option of an additional document summarising the key points from our meeting, but we don’t do script reports in place of a meeting.
This is because we firmly believe that the most useful dramaturgy happens through dialogue.
During each meeting, we constantly filter and adapt our notes, responding to what seems most useful in light of what a writer tells us about their play. New thoughts will emerge, and notes that initially felt vital will become irrelevant – something which a stand-alone script report can never allow for.