Michael Graney Bursary


2100 A Space Novelty by Danny Fitzpatrick

The bursary exists to celebrate the memory of Brighton writer and creative Michael Graney who was passionate about writing, the arts and science-fiction.

Michael Graney


The Offer:

An individual writer, company or collective will have their Brighton Fringe 2020 registration fee paid.


This is a bursary with a focus on writing and story.

In order to be considered for this bursary your play must be categorised as theatre or storytelling. The play may have dance, physical theatre and / or musical elements but these must be scripted. Work aimed at adults or children is welcome.

Applicants must submit plays for consideration that:


  • Have a Science-fiction theme or reference (fantasy / speculative fiction / magical fiction and other such sub-genres welcome)
  • Have hope and / or kindness at their core - Dystopian fiction is fine; characters can experience great challenges and things may not end well, though something about the narrative must have a measure of kindness, hope, redemption or possibility.


Applicants must:


  • Be residents of Brighton & Hove, London or the South East.
  • Submit complete, written plays and not proposals or treatments - we welcome new writing but it does not have to be. Plays can be currently touring or be previously staged work.


Selection Process:

The bursary winner will be selected by a panel of readers with Brighton-based company Cast Iron Theatre.

The schedule is as follows:

Applications open: 14 October 2019
Deadline for applications: 10pm on 24 November 2019
Bursary winner announced: 20 December 2019

How to Apply:



2020 WINNER: