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16-21: Writing for Theatre

Young people taking part in a NT playwrititng course

16-21: Writing for Theatre

This FREE course for 16-21 year olds will be delivered online via Zoom.

You must be available for all the course dates and times listed below to take part.

Please apply using the link below.

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.

In this online course you will develop the practical tools and skills to write your play, supported by playwright Guleraana Mir. Through writing exercises, games and creative tasks you will find out how to create structure, character and drama.

Additionally you will also be supported throughout the course by a playwright/mentor who will run smaller group sessions where you can read your work out loud, receive feedback and put your skills into practice.

Course dates:
Weds 11 Nov 5-7pm
Weds 18 Nov 5-7pm
Weds 25 Nov 5-7pm
Weds 2 Dec 5-7pm
Weds 9 Dec 5-7pm
Weds 13 Jan 5-7pm
Weds 20 Jan 5-7pm
Weds 27 Jan 5-7pm
Weds 3 Feb 5-7pm
Weds 10 March 5-7pm

Guleraana is an award-winning writer, theatre maker, and one half of female-focused theatre company The Thelmas. She is passionate about telling authentic stories that celebrate, not stereotype. Guleraana regularly facilitates playwriting masterclasses in schools, community groups, and for emerging writers. She was leader of VAULT Festival’s New Writing Programme in 2020.

Writing credits include: Santi & Naz VAULT Festival 2020, The Bigger Picture (audio) as part of Decolonising History 2019, commissioned by Tamasha and SOAS, University of London, We’re Just Getting Started Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 2019, Make Noise (audio) as part of Forgotten Women 2018, Mano’s Mulberry School & RichMix 2018, and Coconut Ovalhouse and national tour 2018.

As part of this course you will also watch a recording of a National Theatre production.

To apply please complete the application by Sunday 25 October. This is your chance to tell us about your interest in writing and theatre. You can write, record or video your answers (within the word and time limits).

This year we have many fewer places available on the Young People’s Programme, and so we are furthering our commitment to diversity and access by concentrating recruitment in three areas that we recognise have been most affected by the events of this year: young people of colour, young people from working class backgrounds and young people with disabilities.  If you have any questions about the application process or access needs please email youth@nationaltheatre.org.uk.