Musical Theatre Writing Residency | In Partnership with Dundee Rep and Cove Park

Vacancies and Opportunities

Deadline: Friday 20 October

Residency Dates: 4-17 March 2024

National Theatre of Scotland is pleased to announce, in partnership with Cove Park & Dundee Rep Theatre, a new residency for musical theatre writers to take place 4-17 March 2024. The Musical Theatre Writing Residency is a two-week international exchange programme for emerging and established book writers, composers, and lyricists from the UK, India, and the United States.

At Cove Park, 6 writing teams will be provided an immersive and creative space to freely connect, develop, collaborate and create ideas for new music theatre works. Participants will receive time, space, musical and dramaturgical support to develop their own work over the course of the two weeks. This pilot residency is majority-funded as part of the British Council & Creative Scotland Partnership: Connect & Collaborate.

Partners include Capital Theatres, Citizens Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai), National Theatre of Scotland, Octopus Theatricals (New York City), Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Traverse Theatre. Associate partners include A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Tron Theatre.

The Residency

Overlooking Loch Long on Argyll’s Rosneath Peninsula, Cove Park’s site was formerly a conservation park. It comprises partially managed woodland, ponds, and fields for grazing sheep and Highland cows. The facilities include nine shipping containers – recycled and converted into private accommodation and studios - and two oak-framed buildings ideal for those working in collaboration.

Travel allowances and accommodation will be provided along with a £1,100 stipend per artist. All artist accommodation has individual kitchens for self-catering. Daily breakfast will be provided and there will be three chef-prepared dinners for all taking part in the residency.

This residency also includes networking opportunities and workshop sessions, in-person and digital, with industry professionals including producers, directors, artistic directors, and theatre practitioners.

The objective of the residency is for writing teams to have a safe space to create and develop ideas and we are interested in stories and styles from a diverse range of cultural and musical backgrounds. All work created remains with the artist(s).


  • We are inviting applications from individuals or teams of up to three collaborators who have a piece of musical theatre that is in development and would benefit from the residency experience to take it to the next stage in its creation.
  • To apply, individuals or teams must be based in the UK – we are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals or teams based in Scotland. The participating artists from India and the United States will be selected separately through nominations via our international partners.


To find out how to apply and learn more about the residency, please visit