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New Views

New Views

New Views is the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 14 to 19-year-olds.

Every year, hundreds of students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the industry and write their own 30-minute plays. One play will then be selected to be produced at the NT with a professional cast and crew, alongside rehearsed readings of the shortlisted plays.

The online course, written by playwright Jemma Kennedy, is accessible to everyone, but participating schools and colleges have the unique benefit of in-school workshops with professional writers, tickets to National Theatre productions or NT Live broadcasts, CPD for teachers, support from the National Theatre Learning Department and entry into the New Views playwriting programme.

This year we are working with 70 schools nationwide as well as in Hubs around the UK and a Partner Theatre programme at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

Find out more about New Views on our dedicated microsite:

The 9 Shortlisted plays for New Views 2019 are:

Last Lap by Alice Bennett from Wolverhampton Girls' High School    

Okay by Alida Charles Damtoft from Kingsdale Foundation School

The Wrong People by Molly Fairhead from Kesteven and Sleaford High School

If Not Now, When by Isabel Hague from CAPA College

The Closest Thing to Silence by Aidan Hall from Bedales School

To Charlie by Emilia Hitching from Bancroft’s School

Personal Statements by Emily Shurmer from Jewish Community Secondary School  

Behind the Mask by Ellie Wee from Guildford High School

Background Noise by Cerys Wrigley from Stopsley High School

2019 winning play will be chosen from the shortlisted plays and will be announced on Monday 3rd June 2019 and will be performed in the Dorfman Theatre on Monday 1 July at 4.30pm and 7.30pm and Tuesday 2 July at 1pm.

The rehearsed readings of the 8 other plays will take place on Monday 1 July 2.30pm and 5.30pm and Tuesday 2 July at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

For more information about performances and rehearsed readings please email:

New Views is supported by:
Old Possum’s Practical Trust
Chapman Charitable Trust
Golsoncott Foundation
The Steel Charitable Trust

Take part in New Views

Applications for New Views 2019/2020 are now open. If you would like to apply to take part, please fill in our application form.
If you have any questions please email Ali Mills, Secondary and FE Programme Assistant

What will students gain from taking part in New Views?

Through participating in the New Views programme students will have the unique and exciting opportunity to:

• Explore their talent and sharpen their approach to research, as well as their ability to develop and articulate ideas on key ethical questions and dilemmas.
• Develop a sense of connection to the arts, a lifelong enthusiasm for theatre and an understanding of the power of theatre to engage audiences in serious debate.
• Develop their transferable skills for employment and further study including self-management, team working and communication, application of literacy, problem solving, independence and critical engagement with subject material.

Who can take part?

Any school or college can apply to participate in the programme.

• This year New Views will work with approximately 70 schools and colleges from across the UK.
• Each school or college will establish a student group of approximately 6 - 12 participants.
• New Views is aimed at school years 10 - 13, although both younger and older students may take part at the discretion of individual schools and colleges.

How much does it cost to take part?

State Schools: £300 (Bursaries are available; contact us to find out more.)

Independent Schools: £600*

* This fee includes sponsoring a state school to take part in New Views. Independent schools invite a state school to take part and sponsor the cost of their place on New Views. The National Theatre will support independent schools in finding a local state school.

WARNING: The materials used in this programme sometimes contain strong language and controversial subject matter which some might find offensive.
N.B. The views expressed in recorded interviews are those of the playwrights only, and not of the National Theatre.