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Drama Association of Wales Collection

The Drama Association of Wales (DAW) formerly housed the largest lending collection of scripts in English in the UK. In 2014, the play text collection transferred to the RWCMD Library and is available for hire to individuals and groups.

What’s in the DAW collection?

The collection includes several thousand plays, with a focus on sets. We have been gradually listing and organising the collection and have now added more than 2500 titles to our online catalogue. Select ‘Drama Association of Wales (DAW)’ from the drop-down list and enter your search terms in the box. However, if what you are looking for does not appear in the search results, please contact us as we can check and let you know whether we have it, since this is still only a small part of the whole collection.

Hiring a play

Although orders can be taken over the phone, we ask that whenever possible you use our order form to send through your requests by post or email. It is advisable to request plays at least one week before they are needed, to allow time for us to search for, collect and post them. We can often do this faster, but we are a small team and run the service on top of running our Library, so staff sickness or leave may cause delays.

Membership and hire charges

An annual membership subscription is payable by individuals and groups who wish to hire play texts from the DAW collection.

Please note: membership of the hire library is separate from any payments made directly to DAW and relate to the cost to RWCMD to provide loan copies of the DAW collection.

Members of the hire library are entitled to hire up to 10 titles (single playscripts or sets) at any one time. Hire fees and postage charges are payable on each item borrowed.

Full details of the current membership and hire charges are listed in the Membership scheme for DAW collection document.

To become a member, please complete and return the membership form to us by post or email.

Contact details for membership and hire enquiries

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Castle Grounds
Cathays Park
CF10 3ER


Phone: 029 2039 1331

Although there is usually one person dealing with DAW requests, you might speak to anyone in the Library team and we are all happy to help.

Opening times

A member of staff should usually be available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, all year round, to deal with enquiries.

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