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16–21: Writing for Theatre

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16–21: Writing for Theatre

Our FREE online playwriting course is delivered once a year on Zoom. Applications open in August. 

This course is for 16-21 year olds with big ideas and a passion for writing. You might be totally new to theatre or wanting to try a new skill in an industry you already love. During the course you will develop the practical tools and skills to focus your ideas and turn them into theatre, supported by professional playwrights. Using writing exercises, games and creative tasks you will find out how to create structure, character and dialogue and gain a deeper understanding of the playwriting process 

Throughout the course you will also be supported by an established playwright-mentor who will run smaller group sessions where you can read your work out loud, receive feedback and put your skills into practice. Previous playwright mentors have included: Sonia Jalaly, Jennifer Farmer, Andrew Muir, Eve Leigh, Martin Murphy, Emteaz Hussain, Molly Taylor, Zodwa Nyoni, Ryan Calais Cameron and Ashlee Elizabeth-Lolo. 

The 2020 and 2021 Writing for Theatre online course was led by Guleraana Mir. 


Participant Testimonials

'I would never have found the group of friends that I made without this. Graduating during lockdown stunted my creative growth and when I saw the course advertised I thought this was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and bring back my spark! Well it definitely did! Our group have now formed an independent writing group. The support is invaluable.'

'I was really touched and happy to have been in a space that was cultivated with passion and love by incredibly inspiring playwrights and mentors. I honestly enjoyed every single moment working on the project and I learnt a phenomenal amount. From allowing me to develop my craft and build on my technique, to challenge myself and evolve with such a diverse and brilliant cohort of writers; I had a blast.'

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 the last two years: young people from the global majority, young people from working-class backgrounds, and disabled young people. 

If you have any questions about the programme, please email [email protected]