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Female Friends

It's a tricky time for everyone - we've tried to make things a little easier and gather up some resources on the support available for your finances and mental health, as well as some creative opportunities currently out there.

Please be kind to yourselves in this time and let us know if there's anything we can do to help. You're not alone. Love and solidarity.



Please get in touch if you are aware of any other resources that you think others may find useful at this time.



Five points and useful links from The Writers Guild

1) Join a Union

  • You can find out about joining WGGB here


2)  Value your work

  • You can find out about the WGGB ‘Free is not an option’ campaign here

  • Also see their ‘Should I work for free?’ flowcharts here


3)  Learn about Copyright

  • ALCS has produced some helpful resources for writers which you can find here. This includes links to other reputable sites.

  • The British Copyright Council has also produced a helpful summary here

  • You can also watch a video of a session WGGB made on ‘Protecting your work from pitching to production’ here


4)  Make sure you’re aware of industry minimums and standard terms

  • You can read all of the minimum terms and pay rates here. Make sure you read the agreements as well as just the pay scales

  • Also check out the Playwrights Rights card which you can share with directors and producers here

5)  Get a contract for everything!

  • Your union can help advise you about contracts but you can also check out the WGGB Resources page for more advice here


Spread the Word - Funding for Writers

A collated list of funding opportunities to help writers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fleabag Support Fund / Royal Theatrical Fund

The RTF/Fleabag Fund will reopening for applications in October 2021- it will provide one-off grants for those struggling financially who have worked in the theatre industry, prioritised by financial need. More information on eligibility and how to apply here


Universal Credit

Information on how to apply for Universal Credit is found in the link above.


Citizens Advice Bureau

Free legal advice.


Writer's Guild Welfare Fund for playwrights facing financial difficulties during the Covid-19 crisis


Find a local foodbank (Trussel Trust website)



Theatre Helpline

The Theatre Helpline is a free, independent and confidential phone and email service that provides support to people working in the theatre industry. Trained staff are available to offer support and signposting on any topic which affects your wellbeing, including: bullying or harassment; physical health; mental health and wellbeing; injury and mobility problems; issues with employment or unemployment; career issues, including professional development and training; retirement and care in later life; debt and financial issues. Phone: 0800 915 4617. 

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources (see "International Resources" section for UK-specific resources); similar list for UK artists here and here by SOLT and UK Theatre (among others): support and advice for theatre industry, including signposts to funding covering workers and actors impacted by illness by SOLT and UK Theatre: a live database of digital learning resources, including workshops and webinars, for all off-stage theatre professionals


Business Skills training for creative freelancers: Free resources by FEU Training


Government advice

A guide from the government on mental health and wellbeing.


How to access mental health services.


For urgent support

Visit the link above if you need urgent support. 


Mental health support for artists 



Some useful tips on looking after your mental health during coronavirus. If you need to speak to someone, call them free on 116 123.



Shout is a24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help, text 85258.

AnxietyUK and Mind have released wellbeing guidelines during the Covid-19 crisis


How to Fail (recommended podcast) - special episodes tackling the coronavirus:

How to Fail: Mo Gawdat on how to cope with anxiety in a time of Coronavirus

How To Fail: Alain De Botton on embracing vulnerability in the age of Coronavirus 


Mental Health Issues facing the Black Community by Sunshine Behaviourial Health

Article: Un-racialising the coronavirus epidemic

The Writer's Guild have also compiled a list of mental health resources, click here to access


During this difficult time, there is absolutely no need to feel like you have to be productive, that you have to come out of isolation having written your masterpiece – for those who want to, this can be a quiet period for rest, reflection and re-setting. For those who are keen to get creative, see some opportunities we have found below.

Arts Council Project Grants

Peggy Ramsey Foundation

For writers who've had at least one play professionally produced, Peggy Ramsay offers up to £5k grants to give you time & space to write, e.g. new laptop, money for rent/bills, or to cover what would normally be salary from temping etc. More info here

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

A yearly prestigious writing award as well as a website full of free useful resources for writers. Check it out here

Up Front Arcade - Online Talks Series

Are you a woman working in the arts? Join ARCADE for a chat with incredible female leaders including Emma Rice, Jess Thom, Toni-Dee Paul and Esther Richardson, in the pilot of their new online talk series, Up Front.  They invite you to recharge your energy in their hour-long talks aimed to support, inspire and embolden you. Including Q&As, all sessions are trans-inclusive and provide a space for women and non-binary folk to have safe and honest conversations. Check them out here

Fifth Word - Lights Up

Lights Up shines a light on the inspirational women who have led the way in the theatre industry and who have a connection with the East Midlands. Their subjects have all been interviewed on camera, and their portraits taken by a group of young women aged 16 to 21 who received training in photography, film and oral history capture delivered by an all-female team of  practitioners. Check it out here

Writers HQ

An online membership platform for writers, which includes challenges, retreats and courses - including their popular Couch to 5k Words course. Find out more here

London Playwrights

An online resource for emerging playwrights - offering workshops, networking events, blogs and mentoring. Another spot to be welcomed into a community of emerging playwrights, check out more here.

Paperwork Theatre - Script Surgery

Free (but donation encouraged) script surgeries, on the last Wednesday of each month. Names are drawn at random each month. Apply here

Without a Paddle Writer's Network

WAP Writers Network is a fast growing community of writers with a passion for theatre.  As a supportive and mutually nurturing network, its purpose is to pass on details any opportunities, offers, competitions and festivals in the world of writing.  And the network are the first to hear about WAP’s shows and events, with special offers thrown in. More info here

Opportunity Tuesdays

Run weekly by the fantastic Linda Bloomfield, #OpportunityTuesdays are 10 compiled paid/subsidised industry opportunities.

BBC Writer's Room's live database of writing opportunities


Papatango champion the next generation of brilliant playwrights, especially those who might otherwise lack pathways into theatre. Their opportunities are free, open to anyone, and anonymously assessed. Their biggest opportunity is their yearly Writing Prize, seeing the chosen plays receive a commissioning fee, publication by Nick Hern Books, and opportunities for production. Sign up to their mailing list here

ArtsAdmin E-Digest - Sign up for regular emails from ArtsAdmin with listings of opportunities, funding, jobs and events.

Free digital advisory sessions for artists from Artsadmin.

Resources for writing plays for younger audiences by Theatre Centre


How to support Black Lives in the UK: A fantastic resource document collated by @perkin_amalaraj on Twitter

UK Actions and Resources: A comprehensive collection of petitions, fundraisers, organisations, readings, and protest guides, put together by @Divya_M_P on Twitter

Black Lives Matter Carrd: Ways you can support the movement in the USA, including donations


Petitioning Instate punishments for police officers who shoot unarmed civilians Justice for Tony McDade Justice for Ahmaud Arbery More protection for Black trans women in the UK Justice for Shukri Abdi Suspension of UK exports of riot gear to the USA

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Introduce mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap reporting in the UK

Justice for Christopher Alder


BlackLivesMatter.carrd - a huge collection of petitions for individuals' justice


UK Donation Pages:

GoFundMe: BAME Covid-19 bereavement fund

GoFundMe: Black Protest Legal Support UK

GoFundMe: Black Minds Matter UK

GoFundMe: Belly Mujinga fund

GoFundMe: Jennie Sablayan fund

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

National Memorial Family Fund UK


USA Donation Pages:

Minnesota Freedom Fund

The Bail Project

BlackLivesMatter.carrd - a donation page for fundraisers accepting international donations, including a collection of bail funds across all 50 states for protestors


Consider sourcing texts from Black-owned bookshops - you can find a list here

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

It's Not About the Burqa by Mariam Khan

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coats

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Anglou

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale

Abolitionist Reading List

Master List of Black Revolutionary Readings

Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion and the Criminalisation of Blackness




American Son


When They See Us 

Queen and Slim

LA 92

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

More Than a Month

Slavery By Another Name

I Am Not Your Negro

Fruitvale Station

The Kalief Browder Story

Just Mercy

Black Britain on Film

12 Years a Slave

Strong I Stand


Brian Banks

Dear White People



About Race

Diversity Gap


Code Switch

POD Save the People

How to be an Antiracist

What Matters


Uncomfortable Conversations

You're Pretty For A...

The Intelligence

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