Finding and nurturing new talent is at the very core of what we do.

We want to provide a space for the next generation to flourish, offer them a foothold in the industry and a platform from which they can take their next steps.

Which is why we’ve set up a Writer in Residence award.

Every September (due to COVID our window for 2021 submissions opens in Jan 2021), UK literary agents are invited to send in material for new writers they represent who would like to be considered for the scheme. The writers submitted should have had at least one script produced in theatre, radio, TV or film, but no more than one in film or TV.

We will then announce a shortlist, from which we will choose the eventual winner.

The selected writer will be given a bursary and a desk, computer and phone in the Dancing Ledge offices.  They will be invited to attend in-house development meetings, read scripts in development, be offered feedback on their work and given access to writers the company is currently working with.

They also participate in writers workshops we hold every two months with new and established writers.

Plus help us in our ongoing collaboration with local schools providing lectures, and internships for sixth form students from less privileged backgrounds.

Our Current Writer in Residence

January 2021 onwards: Jodie Irvine

Jodie is a screenwriter, playwright and performer specialising in dark comedy and comedy drama. Her one woman play GOBBY received critical acclaim and after a UK tour supported by Arts Council England, toured to Australia where it won the weekly award for Best Theatre at Adelaide Fringe.

Jodie has undergone training in writing, performing and improvisation with prestigious comedy schools from around the world including The Second City, iO Chicago, UCB Los Angeles and Soho Theatre Young Company. Her comedy drama LEAKED is in development with Big Talk Productions, and she has several other projects in development, including coming of age sci-fi hybrid THIN AIR and a television adaption of GOBBY. Jodie was selected to receive a sitcom treatment commission by UKTV through their initiative with Comedy 50:50, and is currently working on various original ideas for TV, film and stage.

Previous Writers in Residence

January – December 2020: Dillon Mapletoft

Dillon is a young screenwriter specialising in comedy. He’s previously been selected for a BBC comedy writers’ development programme, written comedy for BBC3 Online and BBC Radio 4, and currently has comedy projects in development with the likes of Eleven, Big Talk, JAX, Baby Cow and Objective. Recently, he has written additional material for Armando Iannucci’s much-anticipated new HBO comedy series, AVENUE 5, working alongside a team of Emmy Award-winning writers. He has previously worked as Armando Iannucci’s Assistant across both his film and TV slate and is a former president of the Cambridge Footlights.

January – December 2019: Georgia Christou

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her debut play YOUS TWO was produced at Hampstead Theatre (Downstairs) in January 2018. She was subsequently nominated for Best Writer at the Stage Debut Awards for the play. Other theatre includes: HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN (Paines Plough), THE MOST UNNATURAL THING (HighTide) and ROCKET GIRL (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama/Minack Theatre). Short plays include: HOW TO NOT SINK (Sphinx Theatre’s Women Centre Stage Festival at Hampstead Theatre) and EPHREM HOLMES (DryWrite at the Bush).

  Georgia was selected for Channel 4/Blacklight’s 4Stories scheme and her single drama THROUGH THE GATES – starring BAFTA winner Wunmi Mosaku, Ria Zmitrovich and Craig Parkinson – aired in August 2018. Georgia is currently writing a new play for young women with Tonic Theatre and is developing original ideas for television with Hillbilly Films, Blacklight TV and Various Artists Ltd.

January – December 2018: Tristan Bernays

A writer and performer from London, Tristan Bernays’ work has been staged at Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Roundhouse and Southwark Playhouse.

His play BOUDICA was performed at The Globe in September 2017 as part of Emma Rice’s Summer of Love season and starred Gina McKee. Tristan’s latest play OLD FOOLS performed at the Southwark Playhouse from 14 March – 7 April 2018.

January – December 2017: Lauren Sequeira

Lauren has a BA in Media & Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London. After graduating, she completed a Masters in Screenwriting at London College of Communication.

She got her first writing break at the start of 2016 – writing an episode for the Bryan Elsley led E4/Netflix show KISS ME FIRST and is currently part of the writers’ room for PANDORA, a new series with Sister Pictures for AMC. Lauren is also creating a digital spin-off series to the BBC’S THE DUMPING GROUND. Her original TV series CLEO, a gangland re-imagining of Queen Cleopatra’s story, was a named finalist for both the Green Door/Lionsgate ‘Write to Green Light’ initiative and the 2016 Red Planet Prize. The pilot script for Lauren’s original TV detective series MAGPIE, about a serial killer re-enacting the popular rhyme, reached the finals for the 2016 Red Planet Prize.

Lauren was named on the BBC hotlist of 200 new emerging talents tipped as future stars, and is currently working on several original ideas for TV and film.

August – December 2016: Caroline Bartleet

Caroline has a BA in English from the University of Bristol and earlier this year completed an MA at the National Film & Television School.  Caroline’s first short film as writer/director, OPERATOR, starring Kate Dickie and Vicky McClure, won the BAFTA for British Short Film in 2016. Caroline was awarded funding for her second short film as writer/director under the BBC Films / NFTS Greenlight Short Film Project. Now in post-production, THE BIND stars Lorraine Ashbourne, Andrew Knott and David Schofield.

Caroline is currently developing various film and television projects.