Phillippa Wilson and Alex Kinsey, reading a script
Introduction to Playwriting

Five Tuesdays from Tuesday 6 May 2014, 6.30 to 9pm
Free, applications essential

Applications are now open for Live Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting course

Application Deadline Now Extended to Friday 11 April 2014.

Fancy yourself as the next Lee Hall? Think you could be better than Paddy Campbell? Then get a head start with one of the country’s leading new writing theatre companies.

Live Theatre has an international reputation for developing and nurturing talented playwrights and offers regular introductory workshops to get people writing relevant and engaging plays. This popular course aims to give writers a sound understanding of the key elements of playwriting through a combination of practical exercises and discussion. What makes a great story and how do you tell it? What makes a character leap off the page? Learn about playwriting from people who know. Places on Live Theatre’s free Introduction to Playwriting course are limited so if you’re interested in honing your playwriting skills get your application in now. Previous students of the course who have gone on to have work produced on our main stage include Paddy Campbell (Wet House), Lee Mattinson (Chalet Lines and Me & Cilla) and Fiona Evans (Geordie Sinatra and Geoff Dead: Disco For Sale).
We are keen to receive applications from writers of all experience levels. Whether you’re completely new to writing or just new to writing for the stage, this course will ignite your passion for playwriting.

Feedback from previous course members

'I just wanted to say thank you for the support and guidance that your theatre provided for me to grow as a writer. You made it seem possible to succeed. I submitted my play The Joy of Herding Cats to BBC Writers Room. This was the play I worked on while attending the playwriting group. Well, I have just received an e-mail to say that it has made the top 5% and will be progress to a full reading. Again, thank you, without your encouragement and guidance, I would have never submitted this play.' 
Sharon Zuker, member of the Introduction to Playwriting course in 2012 


To apply please submit a brief synopsis of an original stage play to degna@live.org.uk by Friday 11 April 2014. (Please note our new extended deadline)

The synopsis can be from a stage play you have already written, one you are currently writing or one you would like to write. The synopsis should be no more than 250 words long. If you’ve never written a synopsis before don’t be put off, all you need to do is break your idea down into three brief paragraphs:

  • The first paragraph deals with what happens at the beginning of your play
  • The second paragraph deals with what happens in the middle of your play
  • The third paragraph deals with what happens at the end of your play

As well as your synopsis we’d also like to know a little bit about you…

  • What (if anything) have you written before?
  • What do you want to write about?
  • What do you hope to get from completing the course?
  • What is your favourite play; why do you like it?
  • Are you able to commit to attending all five sessions?

The five-week course begins on 6 May 2014 and runs on Tuesday evenings between 6.30pm and 9pm at Live. The dates for all sessions are as follows:

DATES: Tues 6 May to Tues 3 June
LOCATION: Live Theatre Gallery
COST: Free, applications essential
If you would like to apply for a place on the course please submit your application as a single word document to degna@live.org.uk by Friday 11 April 2014. If you have any queries please get in touch and I’ll be happy to help. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 15 April 2014.

If you have any queries please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Live Writers Group

Live Writers Group is aimed at budding writers who are passionate about theatre and supports you through the process of writing a one-act play.  

Sessions include: character development, dialogue, structure, theatricality and pitching your play. There are also sessions with guest writers and theatre practitioners who give their hints and tips for creating successful plays.  Members receive dramaturgical notes on work in progress throughout the course and a detailed feedback report on the one-act play submitted at the end of the course.

Applicants need to have a sound grasp of the basic principles of playwriting; ideally gained by completing Live Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting course or a similar course elsewhere.

The group meets on Wednesday evenings (7pm-9pm)

17 September – 5 November 2014

Details of how to apply will be posted later in the year. Please email degna@live.org.uk if you’d like us to let you know when applications are open.