A Room. A Director. A Playwright. A Creative Team. A script.
That’s a creative development; a collaborative hot pot for making good scripts great.

Creating new work is a long process. For a playwright, months sometimes years of writing can result in a draft that doesn’t quite work. So how does a playwright know for sure that the script they’ve written is the best it can be, that it will work not just on the page but on the stage in front of a live audience? A script draft can be put to the test when the writer is given access to the skills of a professional creative team, and time to work with them in a week-long creative development. It’s an intensive process with the playwright, actors, a director, a dramaturg and sometimes even designers in a room together marinating the ideas, reading, improvising, and yes, sometimes having to go back to the drawing board!

Every creative development is a unique process, flexible enough to suit what the writer and the script needs. A script may need the skills and knowledge of a cello player, a rap artist, a cultural consultant, a taxidermist, an AI expert….. JUTE supports our writers-in-residence through this new work development process, helping to drill down into their script, making sure it’s saying exactly what the writer intends for it to say and in the best possible way. All this so that our audiences are captivated, moved, inspired by the stories we tell.

Following on from the success of JUTE’s Write Sparks 101 program for new and emerging playwrights, and the writer-inresidence program that has continued to support playwrights to develop their work, JUTE has several creative developments currently in train, bringing those creative teams together into the one room to make the scripts ready for production.

Creative developments generally have a showcase event at the end of the development, so you can be one of the first people to hear the new work’s next draft. 

Cloud Song Creative Development Showcase
10 December 2021 at 5.30pm

A new work arising from JUTE’s Write Sparks 2020 and JUTE’s Writer-in-residence program 2021, ‘Cloud Song’ comes from author Marilyn Marsh-Booth’s lived experience as one of the world’s first trained female commercial pilots in the late 1960’s, when despite being in the age of women’s liberation, certain careers were considered hopelessly out of reach for women. In fact, the aviation industry, like many others, remains stalwartly male-dominated even in 2021. This play is a call to be brave. It is a call to young women today to never accept the word ‘no’ to their career dreams on the basis of their gender.

Join us on December 10th at Bulmba-ja for a special evening featuring the outcome of this Creative Development followed by a JUTE Revue, celebrating JUTE’s 30th anniversary, Christmas and more!