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How to Begin Playwriting Summer 2020

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How to Begin Playwriting Summer 2020

The National Theatre is currently closed until at least Sunday 12 April. Applications for this course will continue to be open in the meantime. If there is any extension to the closure period submitted applications will be carried over to the next course available (September 2020). 

Fri 24 April - Fri 10 July 2020 (excluding Fri 8 and Fri 29 May)
10.30am - 12.30pm each week
Clore Learning Centre, £500 | £350

A ten-week course which will give an insight into approaches to begin playwriting, led by Ola Animashawun. This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques. 

Applications are now open. To apply please complete this application form. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 6 April.

Concession prices are reserved for senior citizens and students. Bursaries are available for this course; they are likely to cover between 10% and 25% of the total course cost and are assessed on a case by case basis.

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Ola Animashawun is the National Theatre Connections Dramaturg and the co-founder and Creative Director of the playwriting consultancy, Euphoric Ink.  He is also a former Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre, where he worked for 23 years, during which time he founded and ran the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, and set up a nationwide writers’ programme, dedicated to finding and nurturing new African, Caribbean, Asian and other ethnic minority playwrights – Critical Mass. 

Ola has worked in theatre for over 30 years, with 20 of those years dedicated to specialising in script development as a dramaturg and facilitator.  He is an Associate Artist, Dramaturg and Mentor for Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Theatre Absolute, Shop Front Theatre, and Eclipse Theatre.

His other skills include, acting, directing, devising and writing. He is also a patron of Graeae Theatre and Script Yorkshire and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama