About the Trust

Purpose of the Trust

Tom’s work as Scottish Arts Council Literary Associate gave a new generation of Scottish Playwrights encouragement and support.  He subsequently became Director Emeritus of Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, which he was instrumental in creating.  His home, Ash Villa, where he lived with his partner Ella Wildridge for twenty years, has always been a welcoming, supportive and stimulating place for artists to meet, talk, work and create.  It was Tom’s wish for this legacy to continue.

The Tom McGrath Trust offers support to playwrights and translators working in Scotland. The Trust aims to stimulate the development of new writing and will support Scottish and international playwrights and translators through a programme of residencies, dramaturgical support, small grants and professional development opportunities.

Since its formation in 2010, the Trust has supported 68 artists with grants of between £200 and £1,000, totalling over £27,000.   This has enabled an impressive amount of new writing projects to be seeded and developed with some of Scotland’s most interesting and curious playwrights at early stages in their careers.

2013 – 2016 Activities

Please visit the relevant pages for details of each award.

The founding supporters of the Tom McGrath Trust are:

National Theatre Scotland, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and generous anonymous donors.

Thanks to Ella Wildridge and the Trustees of the Tom McGrath Trust: Lucy Mason and Alice McGrath.  Thanks also to the Friends of the Trust:  Drs H & M Morris; Anne Brumfitt; Biddy Canard; Nicholas Bone; John and Zinnie Harris; Faith Liddell; Purni Morell; Wendy Niblock; James and Marianne Robertson; Fiona Sturgeon Shea; Anita Wilson, Catherine Murtagh and everyone who has offered their support.

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