The Auburn is a retreat for writers from any discipline of story-telling and from any corner of the world.
The Auburn has been created specifically for writers from backgrounds that offer little encouragement or financial support and who are most in need of a bolt-hole from the hurly burly of everyday worry and woe.
The Auburn is run in association with INTENT New Theatre and Off West End Plays & Playwrights, both recognised charities, who aim to provide a supportive context in which artists can devise new projects, experiment and engage with artists working in different fields and try out different approaches to story-telling. The Auburn is happy to support artists who wish to develop new ideas without the constraints of the completion of a final piece of work as well as those hurtling towards a deadline.
The Auburn, based in an Old Vicarage dating back to 1649 and once frequented by the young Audrey Hepburn, is set in 3 acres of gardens and grounds in a picturesque secluded village in Kent, just 65 miles from London and accessible by high speed train.
In 2016 Mary Martin decided to transform her home into a retreat for writers and theatre companies. With her passion for theatre and her background as a journalist and writer, Mary teamed up with Sofie Mason, founder of The Offies and the Adopt A Playwright Award. Our aim is to offer an affordable and accessible escape for writers needing peace and quiet to create. Of all the arts, theatre is closest to being a community’s live debate with itself and the value of that live debate is immeasurable to the kind of culture and society we choose to live in. This is our contribution.
The Auburn offers time, space, freedom and a nurturing environment to make new work, to meet other creatives and to explore new ways of working.
There are two options offered: