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NT Playwriting Masterclasses

NT Playwriting Masterclasses

The 'NT Playwriting Masterclasses' series gives an insight into different approaches to developing your playwriting via discussions, exercises and Q&As. Sessions will focus on a particular topic and will be led by a different playwright each month. 

The playwrights leading the sessions will all be associated with the NT and will either have work currently on at the NT, or upcoming/recent work that is staged by the NT.

Tickets are £25 (£15 students and over 60s) for each of these sessions. 

Playwriting at the NT with David Eldridge

Saturday 11 June, 10am
Running Time: 2 hours, via Zoom

This session will be led by David Eldridge, whose new play Middle opens on the National Theatre’s Dorfman Stage in April 2022. 

Described as a “a poet of the east end overspill” by The Observer, David Eldridge is widely regarded as one of the prominent playwriting voices of his generation, whose productions have premiered across the UK at venues including National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Royal Exchange and The Donmar. In 2007 the University of Exeter conferred on David Eldridge an Honorary Doctorate of Letters recognising his achievement as a playwright. He is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

You will receive the Zoom link by email 24 hours before the masterclass begins.

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Playwriting at the NT with Anupama Chandrasekhar

Saturday 16 July, 10am
Running Time: 2 hours, via Zoom

This session will be led by Anupama Chandrasekhar, whose new play The Father and the Assassin is currently playing on the National Theatre’s Olivier Stage until 18 June 2022. 

Anupama Chandrasekhar is an Indian playwright and screenwriter based in Chennai. Her work has been produced in India, Europe and North America. In 2016–17, she became the first International Playwright-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio. She was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Writing Fellowship at the University of Chichester, was a runner up for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright award and a finalist for the John Whiting and Susan Smith Blackburn Awards. Her screenplay adaptation of her play Free Outgoing was a finalist for the Sundance International Screenwriters’ Lab, Utah. She attended the Royal Court International Residency for Young Playwrights and was the Asia winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

You will receive the Zoom link by email 24 hours before the masterclass begins. 

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The Father and the Assassin - photo of Jatinder Chera, standing in cotton clothes and sandals, against a backdrop of a photo of Mahatma Ghandi