49Knights was established to do for play scripts what the fair trade movement has done for tea and coffee – to reduce the distance between the producer and the consumer so as to bring maximum reward to the producer and and maximum quality to the consumer. The artists we collaborate with retain 100% ownership of their work and the performance rights. Getting published with 49Knights empowers writers to reach new audiences both in print and on stage.
Our approach to content is inspired by Ben Jonson’s 1616 Folio. Jonson was the first English playwright to edit his plays to be read as well as performed. We hope that the result is as immersive an experience as seeing the scripts performed live. As publishers, our job is to be the studio sound engineer, getting the artist on record with a minimum of distortion and distraction. It’s vital to the integrity of each project that the artist makes all the artistic decisions – it’s their voice that matters.