We have a unique writer development process.
It's based on the belief that there is no one-size-fits-all model for writers. One writer may go through several drafts, another just two. One may do a lot of research and thinking, another just want to invent. So we tailor-make a process for each writer that we're working with dependent on their needs and the needs of the play.
For example, we sometimes set up a series of meetings with people who know a lot about the subject of the play. Sometimes we take writers on a road trip, inspiring them with different locations. Sometimes we bring in actors and designers to explore an idea practically in the rehearsal room. Sometimes we simply offer time and space in one of our writers' rooms - quiet, light, clear-thinking spaces here at Pentabus HQ (a farm in Shropshire) - in which to think and work without distractions.
We offer this to writers we have under commission. We also host around 4 other writers every year, people who've got in touch with an idea that chimes with us and we think would benefit from time on the farm. In addition to this, sometimes other companies send us writers they are working with if they're in need of a change of landscape, some silence and big skies.