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Introduction to Playwriting Course

The next edition of Live Theatre's Introduction to Playwriting will run over 10 sessions from Saturday  21 Sep - Sat 23 Nov

Learn key aspects of writing a play for the stage, including theatricality, character, dialogue and plot through a mixture of practical workshops and masterclasses. Led by Live Theatre’s creative team, along with guest speakers including playwright and Live Theatre Associate Artist Chinonyerem Odimba, this is a friendly and informal course for writers at an early stage in their career.

This is an opportunity for Live Theatre to engage with emerging playwrights at an early stage in their career. Previous participants include writers Nina Berry (The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes), Alison Carr (Iris) & Paddy Campbell (Wet House) all of whom later had plays developed as Live Theatre productions. 

How to Apply

Introduction to Playwriting  is a friendly and informal programme aimed at writers at an early stage in their career. We are not looking for participants with vast experience of writing for the stage but a willingness to explore, create and imagine. Unfortunately, places are limited therefore we ask anyone interested to send a short sample of their writing. From these applications we will select the participants for the course.

Please send a 10-page example of your writing. This maybe an extract from a larger piece or a complete short play. We also ask you to download and complete an equal opportunities form. This is for internal use and for monitoring purposes only.

Please send your 10-page sample and completed equal opportunities form to 

FREE (by application)

Sat 21 Sep - Sat 23 Nov (10 Sessions), 2pm - 4pm

Application Deadline:  Sat 31 Aug

Suitable 16+


Equal Opportunities Form

Equality Monitoring Form Live Theatre.docx
  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund


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