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Gben!/Write! New Playwriting Bursary - no experience needed

For young writers (aged 16-25) of African Caribbean heritage, in memory of Osa Omorogbe

Up to eight bursaries worth over £1000 and a place on a playwriting course, are available for young people aged 16-25 of African Caribbean heritage from Tyne & Wear.

On the course, in March 2017, two of the region’s most respected theatre practitioners, Gez Casey and Paul James, will teach the art of playwriting.  You will learn key elements of writing for the stage including storyline and theatrical development and character progression.  Students will also gain transferable skills including verbal and written communication, collaborative working, problem solving and an ability to act on constructive criticism. The course will culminate in a celebratory event where the students' plays will be performed by professional actors in front of an audience at Live Theatre, Newcastle. The course can also count towards an Arts Award project.

The bursary to take part in the course includes:

  • Free attendance at playwriting course, with help for travel costs
  • One-to-one mentoring from a leading theatre professional
  • Encouragement to write a one-act play, with the possibility to submit it to Live Theatre for consideration once the course is completed
  • Visits to at least two theatre productions
  • A showcase of the students’ work at the end of the course
  • A certificate of completion

The course will be taught over five sessions on Wednesday evenings 6 – 9pm between Wednesday 1 and Wednesday 29 March 2017:

Gben!/Write! playwriting course and bursary is in memory of Osa Omorogbe  by his children Jane and Owen, mutual friend and artist Peter Adegbie, and Waka Waka Africa North East. Osa Omorogbe was a playwright, actor, story-teller and dancer born in Nigeria, but who lived in Newcastle for more than 45 years. He was the founder and artistic director of ‘Shakers and Movers’ – an association set up to promote understanding and celebration of our cultural diversity through the presentation and performance of the arts. ‘Gben’means 'write' in Edo, the language spoken primarily in Edo State, Nigeria.

Eligibility: Open to young people aged 16-25, from an African Caribbean background who are based in Tyne & Wear.

How to apply: Young people interested in the bursary are invited to attend a Free Afternoon Taster Workshop on Saturday 21 January, 1-4pm at Live Theatre to develop their writing skills. This fun, practical workshop will explore storytelling inspired by the stories we know, through a mixture of writing exercises and discussion. No experience necessary.  To book onto this free workshop call our Box Office on (0191) 232 1232 or click here.

For more information or if you have further question please email degna@live.org.uk

 

Live Tales Volunteers

Do you want to help children to become more creative and confident story-writers?

Do you have time to volunteer on Thursday or Friday mornings?

Live Tales, Live Theatre’s new creative writing centre for children, is looking for Volunteer Writing Mentors and Illustrators to help with creative writing workshops for young people.

Live Tales is located behind Live Theatre just off Newcastle’s Quayside.  Launching in September 2016, Live Tales will offer fun and interactive story writing workshops for Key Stage 2 classes (ages 7-11). Alongside experienced drama workers from Live Theatre's Education and Participation team, volunteers at the Live Tales workshops encourage and inspire young people to explore their imagination, develop communication skills and grow in confidence. The workshops are free for schools, partly due to the help of our committed volunteers.

Live Tales is looking for:

Volunteer Writing Mentors to encourage young people one to one and in small groups to develop their story-writing ideas.

Volunteer Illustrators to bring the young people’s ideas to life by creating illustrations to accompany the story.

Find out more.