We fund individuals who are either a member of a Dumfries & Galloway drama club or a student of at least secondary school age, who want to further their skills in any aspect of theatre by tuition or attending a course. We will, for example, fund training in performance, directing, writing, costume design, set design, lighting or sound.
To be eligible for a grant you must:
• be of at least secondary school age, OR
• be a member of a Dumfries & Galloway drama club of at least 12 months’ standing at the date of application, OR
• you may also apply if you live in Scotland and have a link with Drama in Dumfries & Galloway
Level of Funding
Annually we aim to distribute in the region of £1,000 between applicants.
How To Apply
Application forms may be downloaded by clicking HERE and sent to Linda Wardlaw, Secretary, Ian Wardlaw Drama Trust, c/o Primrose & Gordon, 1 Newall Terrace, Dumfries, DG1 1LN. Alternatively, please write for an application form.
When To Apply
Awards are made annually, and applications should be submitted after Easter and before the 1st of June in any year, with awards disbursed before the end of June
These awards will be made to especially talented performers. Applicants should be able to show some prior involvement in drama and be prepared to demonstrate their skill, if necessary, by performance in the future.
The awards are named in honour of two individuals who shared in the Trust’s passion for drama in Dumfries and Galloway:
The Edward Ballard Award
A first-class ex-professional actor based in Dumfries area, Edward’s enthusiasm for fostering theatre in the region was abundantly clear when he dreamt-up the idea of the Trust.
The Dan Gaskell Award
Fund-raising (being an on-going affair) in 1994 led us to present David Mammet’s ‘The Duck Variations‘ at Loch Arthur Community Centre in Beeswing. In this venture, Edward was joined by his associate and ex-professional Daniel Gaskell. Always a fan of the Trust and its work, Dan was elected as a Trustee, and later Honorary Secretary. Following his untimely death in 2002, the Trust became one of his beneficiaries.