Category Archives: Education

Tamasha Masterclass: Introduction To Producing (£60 fee)

This one day workshop, co-led by Tamasha’s Producer Alex Towers, Soho Theatre’s Producer David Luff* and Tamasha’s Artistic Director Fin Kennedy, will introduce some of the key principles of producing small scale theatre for fringe and studio venues.

Areas covered will include: fundraising (including Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts), budgeting for shows of different scales, approaching venues and negotiating deals, managing the creative team, contracts, royalties and box office agreements.

“Participants are asked to come with one small scale theatre project they are interested in producing. The day will involve group discussions, small group breakout work with one of the three tutors, time to discuss your particular idea and a general Q&A where you can ask our professional team anything about starting to produce your own work. While we can’t promise to launch any careers, we do aim to leave participants with enough working knowledge to start to take steps towards making their show idea a reality.”

This is an entry-level workshop and anyone can apply, but the day will particularly suit emerging producers at the starts of their careers or, theatre artists seeking to self-produce their own work or the work of others. Please phone the office if you are unsure if this is for you or would like to talk it through.
This is open to producers and artists from all cultural backgrounds.

Dates: Saturday 17th June 2017, 10am – 6pm, London

Location: Tamasha (Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Workshop fee: £60 (inc VAT) for the full day.

How to apply: No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, however applicants should demonstrate an interest in producing for theatre. Applications should include:
1) Your current CV including a short covering letter stating your experience to date and your reasons for applying
2) A short paragraph (max. 250 words) about the show idea you would like to work on within the session
3) A completed Data Form which you can download here>

Please email Ingrid on with your application with subject line ‘Introduction to Producing Masterclass’ or call the office on 0207 749 0090 if you have any questions.

Please note, payment must be received in advance, upon notification that you have been allocated a place. Places will only be confirmed on receipt of payment. Please also note that due to cost associated with hosting this masterclass, if you cancel your place after 5th June 2017 we will be unable to refund the fee. Any cancellations before 5th June will be subject to a £15 admin fee.

Deadline: 5 June 2017

Source: Tamasha newsletter

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost)

For performers, theatre makers, playwrights and composers – at any level of experience – with an interest in building a tool kit for devising theatre and finding their voice in a collaborative process

Presented by The Scenic Route with: Tangled Feet (Award-winning, inspirational ensemble theatre… More), Jason Carr(Jason is an award-winning composer and orchestrator who has composed incidental music for over 40 plays at the RNT, RSC, West End and Broadway…More)  And more (news of an exciting playwright on board coming shortly…)

In their words: “As part of our platform to provide accessible opportunities to nurture new talent, The Scenic Route presents an intensive practical workshop exploring how to create original theatre collaboratively from scratch.

Through a series of masterclasses, practical exercises and rehearsals the group will investigate a range of techniques involved in devising a cross-disciplinary piece which brings together physical theatre, text and music.

The lab will culminate in a sharing of the work to an invited audience.

This is a rare opportunity to benefit from the combined expertise of respected practitioners, whilst practically applying their shared experience in a working ensemble.

Participants will take away a wealth of resources to build upon in future work, along with increased skill, confidence and understanding working in this form, plus connections with other artists.

The lab is open to both experienced and new artists alike, at any life stage, whether coming from a performance perspective, composition / musical direction, or playwriting.(There is no requirement for all participants to perform).”

Dates: Monday 21st to Saturday 26th August (inclusive) 10am – 6pm

Location: LOST Theatre, SW8 2JU

Performances: 6pm – 10.30pm Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August Drayton Arms Theatre, SW5 0LJ

Costs :(To make the opportunity as accessible as they can, costs have been subsidised by The Scenic Route)

Early bird offer(for applications made by June 2nd deadline)  £195

Later applications (space depending)  £210

How to apply: Click here for more information, or contact

Deadline: None posted but workshops begin on 21 August 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group open for applications

The next open submissions session for the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting Groups is now open.  The group is an opportunity to learn more about playwriting from an experienced writer.

The intention of the introductory group is to primarily provide demystified access to the basics of theatre-making.  Participants are encouraged to think about theatre in its three-dimensional reality, guided by the particular passions of the writer leading the group.  Writers who have not already written extensively for live performance can apply to be part of this group as we assign places based on potential.  Application is through a short extract of written work.You can read the full details about the groups as well as submission guidelines here. 

How to submit: you’ll need to submit 10 pages of your writing but do check out the full guidelines first.

Deadline: 30 May 2017 at 12 noon

Source; Twitter

Free writing workshop with Papatango winner Dawn King

Dawn King, winner of the 2011 Papatango New Writing Prize for Foxfinder, which was one of The Independent’s Top 5 Plays of the Year,  is to provide a free playwriting workshop at Ovalhouse.

It will cover topics including writing exercises, dramaturgy, exploratory writing, story structure, dialogue, and redrafting.

Dates: Saturday 13 May 2017 and 27 May. The second session is led by Papatango

Cost: free

How to apply: tickets are strictly limited. Get them here

Deadline: none specified

Source:  word of mouth

Actors Temple Studio seeks new writers for Playwright/Playread workshop

The Actors Temple Studio is calling new writers for its next Playwright/ Playread Workshop on Sunday 4 June 2017.

They say it is “an opportunity to develop and workshop your writing at our Studio in Warren Street.

“Chosen writers will have a section of their script rehearsed for approximately 2 hours with our trained actors.

“There will then be a staged reading in front of an invited audience, with a Q&A session, critical feedback & networking.

“We select 2-3 playwrights to work with per session.”

What to submit/How to apply: 

1. A covering letter explaining why you would like to be part of the event, what you would like to focus on specifically during the workshop and what you hope to gain from the overall experience.

2. 10 – 15 pages of your script. This should be the scene or scene/s that you wish to be read at our Playwright/PlayRead Event.

3. A short summary about your play (One paragraph maximum).

4. A brief biography of you as a playwright (One paragraph maximum).

5. A clear cast list (our preference is for plays that require a maximum of 6 actors – this can include doubling of characters where appropriate)

6. Email

The  artistic director will be present to look out for new work eligible for The Actors Temple Create Project. Further details can be found here.

Deadline: Monday 15 May 2017

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook

Chipping Norton Literary Festival playwriting workshop with Clare Bayley

A workshop for playwrights – whether you are starting out or experienced but wanting fresh stimulus and provocations, this workshop led by award-winning playwright Clare Bayley is run by the Chipping Norton Literary Festival.

Date: 29 April 2017

Cost: £18

How to apply:  online

Deadline: none specified, but the workshop takes place on 29 April 2017

Source: direct contact

National Theatre: How to Begin Playwriting course with Andrew Muir (£400/£350 bursaries available)


A ten week course which will give an insight into approaches to beginning playwriting. With focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing and opportunities for discussion shared group critiques.

Andrew is a critically acclaimed writer for stage and screen with works including THE SESSION (Mothertongue/Soho Theatre) and GOLD DUST (Deafinitely Theatre/Soho Theatre) and the short film A FAMILY MAN. He was the Literary Associate for Deafinitely Theatre for whom he adapted LOVE’S LABOURS LOST at Shakespeare’s Globe. His short radio play THE PERFECT NON STARTER was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb in 2014.

How to apply: places available by application form, which can be found here

Course details:

  • 10 week course
  • Fridays 28 April – 14 July, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • £400/£350 (burs available)
  • Location: Clore Learning Centre

Deadline for applications:  Tuesday 25th April, 5pm

Source: direct contact

Free online screenwriting course with Future Learn/ Uni of East Anglia

Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk.The  University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their course in Creative Writing.

You’ll learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises. You will explore key principles as they’re expressed in great films, then immediately apply these concepts. Videos, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas.

How to apply: This free online course starts on 8 May 2017. Register now on the FutureLearn website.

Deadline: none, but the course starts on 8 May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Be inspired by music and write a movie in ten weeks with Screen Arts Institute (Fee: £1,496)

Write a movie in ten weeks flat with the The Screen Arts Institute Knock it Out course on Monday evenings 7-10pm at the BFI Southbank, London, from 8 May-10 July 2017.

The SAI says the story development & speed writing course is
inspired by “whatever music does it for you; Stormzy, Jamie XX, Gabriel Yared, Allan Rayman, Raleigh Ritchie, Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, Sigur Ros… whatever works. Screen stories are fed by one great drug…. music.

“Knock it out  is a series of evening sessions, mainlining music to 
 structure , inspire and blast out a movie story. Join a dozen other talented filmmakers and ‘rave’ write. Let your muse do the walking.”

The sessions will be run by the director of the Screen Arts Institute, Stephen May, with contributions from other SAI mentors and alums.

What you get:

  • Example session: 1 hour “scales & arpeggios” structure work, 30 min speed writing to music (or silence),1 hour follow-up workshop,15 min – “rave” writing, 15 min cool down.
  • Industry networking with invited producers & alums.
  • “Homework” & further writing exercises and deadlines.
  • Access to The Screen Arts Institute online resources
  • small-group (max 3 filmmakers) mentor feedback three times during the programme and at the conclusion.

 Fees: The  programme costs £1,496. Fees are paid by direct debit over 3 months (+ £374 deposit in advance)

What to submit/How to apply: Places are limited to 12, max. Apply ASAP – first come, first served.

Email to:

  • A one-pager of a feature idea
  • A CV of education and professional experience
  • a sample of screenwriting and/or links to completed films written or directed

Deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 (shortlisted applicants will be interviewed)

Source: Direct contact

UK-wide workshops and talks to get you ready for Verity Bargate Award (Free-£30)

The Verity Bargate Award, one of the biggest UK playwriting competitions, is holding a series of workshops around the country with leading playwrights to share their top tips as you get your play ready to enter the contest.

Workshops in London: £30 workshops at the Soho Theatre run from 15 April 15-15 June 2017. To book for the workshops with James Graham, Charlotte Josephine, Inua Ellams, Phoebe Eclair-Powell & Theresa Ikoko or Vinay Patel Click here

Do you live outside London? The VBA is offering  free 30 minute talks with Q&A sessions at workshops around the country at the following venues:

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Wed 12 Apr, 6pm

Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman
Tue 18 Apr, 5pm

The Royal Exchange, Manchester
Wed 19 Apr, 6pm

The Abbey, Dublin
Sat 29 Apr, 2pm

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Sat 29 Apr, 3pm

Live Theatre, Newcastle Sat 6 May, 1pm

Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Sat 13 May,11am

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 2pm, Saturday 13 May

For details about these workshops click here.

About the Verity Bargate Award: The Verity Bargate Award winner receives £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.

The award was established in 1982 to honour Soho Theatre’s co-founder and is presented biennially to an artist resident in the UK or Ireland with fewer than three professional productions.

The prestigious biennial Award seeks stand out inspiring new writing talent with past winners including Vicky Jones and Matt Charman.

Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text submitted.

This year the award is sponsored by production company Character 7 and one writer will be offered the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama. The Character 7 prize will be a separate agreement between Character 7 and the chosen writer.

The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho Theatre, previous Verity Bargate Award winners and plays that have already been considered by Soho Theatre’s literary department. Submitted plays must be unencumbered and available.

What to submit: The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address, email address and telephone number. In addition, writers must include a CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will only be accepted by email, in a PDF format, other formats cannot be accepted. Soho is not able to consider any other supporting material including music, video, or images.

How To Apply: Please email your submission to

Deadline: 5 July 2017 at 12pm

Source: The Soho Theatre Website