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16 – 21: A Playwright’s Toolkit: Writing for Theatre

A young girl in a writing workshop

16 – 21: A Playwright’s Toolkit: Writing for Theatre

Workshop dates:

Tuesday 2 October, 5–8pm
Tuesday 9 October, 5–8pm
Tuesday 16 October, 5–8pm
John Lyons Education Studio, National Theatre

As part of this course you will also see two, new National Theatre productions:

Wednesday 3 October, 7.30pm I’m Not Running by David Hare, Lyttelton Theatre
Wednesday 10 October, 7.30pm Stories by Nina Raine, Dorfman Theatre

This course is available to 16–21-year-olds
£40, including tickets (bursaries are available)
You must be available for all workshops and for both performances to take part. 

In this three-part course you will develop the practical tools to write your play, supported by a professional playwright. Through writing exercises, games and creative tasks you will find out how to create structure, character and drama.

Whether you’re totally new to playwriting or have many drafts in your drawer, this course will help you sharpen your ideas and turn them into theatre.

To apply please complete this form by Monday 17 September. This is your chance to tell us about your interest in writing and theatre. The more you tell us – within the word count – the more we will understand about you and why you want to take part.


We would never want the cost of a course or project to prevent anyone from taking part. A limited number of full and part-funded bursary places are available. If you would like to apply for one, please indicate this on the form when you apply.