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ART SCHOOL – Access to Leading Work in Arts Education

Art School, the new company being set up to support the education sector and arts industry to come together to improve and protect arts education has announced its next two events in its first initiative.

The first of the event will take place on 29 November 2017 and speakers will include The Diversity School Initiative, set up by to campaign for increased diversity in drama schools, Oxford University academic Helen Campbell Pickford, who was co-author of the influential “In Battalions” survey into new writing in theatres which former Culture Minister Ed Vaizey credited with leading to tax changes and who will be offering advice on how writers can run similar campaigns, and London Drama, the professional association for drama teachers in London.

The second event will take place on 7 December 2017, speakers will include the Bacc for the Future campaign, the influential campaign for EBacc to include creative subjects, Titilola Dawudu, who is currently part of the Artistic Director Leadership Programme’s “Leaders of Tomorrow” scheme, runs Stages to promote young girls in drama, and who will be offering advice on combining work as a writer with producing and mentoring, and Daniel Harrison, Chair of WhatNext? Generation, who also works at the Young Vic Theatre.

These events are free and are open to teachers, education leaders, the arts industry, students and artists who would like to teach, and anyone who would like to find out more about what work is leading the way in terms of arts education, hear the speakers’ thoughts on their work, what’s working and what’s not in arts education, and hear their advice and recommendations for how to improve and protect arts education.

The events will also be audio recorded for a book to be passed to the government to advocate for the need to protect arts education at the end of the project.

There will also be time for questions for the speakers and a sign up sheet for anyone who would like to get involved in Art School’s work.

Event dates/Location: The events will take place on 29 November 2017 and 7 December 2017 from 6pm. (Both events will take place in a central London location which will be announced shortly.)

How to book: Free tickets for Art Schools’ 29th November event can be booked at:

Free tickets for 7th December can be booked at:

Source: Direct Contact

Dealing with Harassment & Bullying Event- University Women in the Arts and Sphinx Theatre Company

University Women in the Arts and Sphinx Theatre Company will offer free advice to female arts students and women wanting to work in the arts on how to deal with harassment and bullying in the arts industry, following the recent case involving film producer Harvey Weinstein.

The advice will be part of University Women in the Arts and Sphinx’s joint event at the Hampstead Theatre.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts said: “The recent cases involving Harvey Weinstein and others have shone a light on abuse and harassment taking place in the arts industry. Many of these cases have involved women beginning their careers in the arts industry. As such, we want to use our November 4th event with Sphinx Theatre Company to offer
advice on how to deal with, and eliminate, bullying and harassment in the arts industry, as well as offering more general advice to women wanting to work in the arts”.

The event will also offer advice to any woman wanting to work in the arts on managing their career and making their way in the arts industry.

There will also be a special small group session at 1pm for female arts students and other women wanting to work in the arts who would like to be involved in creating a mentoring pack for universities across the UK to use to mentor female arts students on how to deal with bullying and harassment in the arts industry.

Event date: 4 November 2017 

How to book: To book free tickets to the public In Conversation event with Sphinx Theatre Company, which will offer advice on dealing with harassment and bullying in the arts as well as more general advice for women wanting in the arts please go to:

Female arts students who would like to be part of the small group session to draw up the mentoring pack can sign up here:

Source: Direct Contact

Art School – A new series on how to improve and protect arts education

Olivier Award winning director John Tiffany is amongst speakers offering advice and speaking about how to improve and protect arts education at the first event by new company Art School.

The director of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre will speak alongside former Head of Film at Creative England Caroline Cooper Charles, Chair of What Next? Generation Daniel Harrison, and founder of Actor Awareness Tom Stocks.

The event, which is on the theme of Drama Education, is the first in a new series of events designed to bring leaders in the education sector and arts industry together to share work going on in arts education, advice, and recommendations for how to improve and protect arts education. Future events will include events on Dance, Music, Art, New Writing, Schools and Universities.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in teaching or studying the arts at school, further education, university or arts industry level to hear thoughts, advice and recommendations from those leading the way in the education sector and arts industry and to ask questions and for advice. John Tiffany will also expand on his thoughts about arts education from this year’s Olivier Awards.

Event dates: The Art School event will run from 5pm – 9pm on 26 October 2017 in London and attendees are welcome to attend all or part of the event.

How to book: Click here to book a free ticket.

Source: Direct Contact

LPW Online Book club – join us!

The LPW Online Book Club is our latest initiative, exclusive for our members.

Not a member yet? Well, if you want a jump start for your writing for the price of a cup of coffee, what are you waiting for? Sign up here today! (Want more reasons to join and a bit more info? Read this).

More about the Book Club…

For our first outing, we’ll be reading Hamlet. There’s a good chance you’ve encountered this play before – but analyzing it as a playwright is an entirely different experience. We’ll be approaching the text from a writer’s perspective to look at why it works and has continued to fascinate generations of theatremakers and audiences.

How does it work? 

All you need to do is read the play and come on over to our Members Facebook Group to join the discussion! Book club threads will be marked with the hashtag #bookclub, so it will be easy to find the discussion.

When does it start? 

We’re giving you two weeks to read the play, and then discussion will start at lunchtime on Friday 15 September 2017. Don’t worry if you haven’t finished the play by then, we’ll be starting at the beginning with our discussion, so there will still be a lot that you can get out of it.

However, we can’t be held liable for any spoilers, so if this is something that will bother you, probably best to finish the play before the book club starts.

We’ll be discussing the play in the Facebook Group throughout the rest of the month of September, so if there’s a question or a topic you want to explore with a group of writers, this is the perfect opportunity.

Find out more and sign up to become a member here!


LPB at London Writers’ Week: Social Get-Together and Networking for Writers

As London Writers’ Week comes to an end, join us in the bar for a friendly get-together and the chance to meet other writers.

If you’ve come along to our panel discussion or creative writing workout, this is an opportunity get to know the other writers who have participated in the event. But even if you can’t make those events, you’re welcome to join in to celebrate the conclusion of London Writers’ Week.

If you’re not usually a fan of networking, this is a great chance to connect with other creatives in a friendly and non-competitive environment. And if you’re already a master networker, you’ll be in your element helping other folks make connections!

The LPB Team will also be there, and we’re really looking forward to chatting to our readers – so if there’s more we can do to support you in your writing life, come along and tell us!

This event is for you if: 

  • You’d like to meet other writers
  • You’d like to celebrate the last evening of London Writers’ Week with the London Playwrights Blog
  • You’d like to connect to the team behind LPB

Date/ time:  Saturday 8th July 2017 from 7pm  – 9pm

Location: The Tabernacle34 – 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY  Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road
London, W12 8LJ  **Please note, there are planned closures on the Circle/ Hammersmith & City lines this weekend so do check TFL before you travel!**

Price:  Free!

How to book: here

Check out the full London Writers’ Week listings here.

Photo courtesy of Flickr Commons via Freelancers Union CC License

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion

How do you build a thriving creative life in the digital age? Come along to find out!

This discussion, hosted by A.C. Smith, Co-Founder of London Playwrights’ Blog and Director of London Playwrights’ Workshop, will bring together a panel of emerging creatives who are working in unique ways to successfully create work in the digital age. You will hear the strategies that worked for them and gain ideas on how to apply these in your own practice. The session will end with an audience Q&A.

The panel is focused on writing for the theatre, but writers from all backgrounds are welcome.

This event is for you if: 

  • You’re interested in finding new strategies to create your own work
  • You’re curious about the new opportunities the digital world has created
  • You want to get practical advice from emerging writers who are successfully self-producing

Date/ time: Saturday 8 July 2017 (3pm – 4.30pm)

We’d also really encourage you to stick around for our Creative Writing workout and get-together for writers which will happen following this event.

Location: The Tabernacle34 – 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY  The Bush Theatre7 Uxbridge Road
London, W12 8LJ  **Please note, there are planned closures on the Circle/ Hammersmith & City lines this weekend so do check TFL before you travel!**

Price:  £5 for normal bookings – but LPB will shortly be announcing a discount code, so watch this space!

How to book: here

Check out the full London Writers’ Week listings here.

Photo courtesy of Idealisms via Flickr Commons CC License

London Writers’ Week 2017: Events Listings

London Writers’ Week is back from 3-8 July 2017 with a jam packed programme of events taking place at  Central Saint Martins The Tabernacle.

This year’s theme for London Writers’ Week is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of writing for and using Digital Media in the UK. With the growth of Netflix, Amazon, BBC Three going online and theatre productions use of digital media, they hope the week provides an insight into and advice on some of the best new ideas in the UK.

Booking/Price: Bookings can be made through the individual event’s page (click through below) or by buying a Festival Pass that gains entry to all events.

LPB has been allocated a discount code for our events on Saturday 8 July, and also for a select number of full Festival Passes, which we’ll be sharing very soon alongside an exciting announcement. Watch this space for more info!

For all other bookings:

  • All Individual events are £5 unless otherwise stated
  • Festival Passes are available for £60 (allowing you entry into all 24 events, except for the John Yorke Intensive)
  • Day Passes are available for £15

For full event listings click here

An evening with Oliver Ford Davies on ‘Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters’ at Bloomsbury Publishing (25% DISCOUNT FOR LPB READERS!)

Bloomsbury will host the RSC’s Honorary Associate Artist Oliver Ford Davies in celebration of his new book Shakespeare’s Fathers & Daughters on June 15th from 6pm to 7:45pm at Bloomsbury’s London offices.

Oliver will be in discussion with Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall of The Shakespeare Institute, about a lifetime spent in Shakespearean roles, his new book and, most crucially, the Bard’s obsession with familial conflict and especially those unique to the father-daughter relationship.

Judging by his complete works, where it is explored in every shade and more than 20 unique relationships, from Titus Andronicus to The Tempest, it was an obsession that played out again and again in his stories. But why?
In this exclusive event, Oliver Ford Davies talks to Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall, of The Shakespeare Institute, about his new book Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters in what promises to be a frank and lively discussion of fathers and daughters in the Bard’s writing, relating it to the little we know of his own two daughters, and sheds new light on his exploration of the family that so dominated his approach to drama.

How to book: Use the link to book,  tickets cost £15/7 students/concessions and include a free drinks reception before the talk, and the opportunity to have your copy of Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters signed by Oliver. Bloomsbury are offering a special discount for LPB readers, simply use the code PLAY25 to save 25% on your tickets!

Location: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP

Date: 15 June 2017 at 6pm – 7.30pm 

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Hijabi Monologues Drop-In Session at Bush Theatre

Hijabi Monologues Drop In Session
13 June 2017 from 10am-7pm
Bush Theatre
7 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8LJ

If you are a Muslim woman thinking about submitting to the Hijabi Monologues, the Bush Theatre will be running a drop-in session to provide support or answer any questions.

You are welcome to come by to say hello and learn more about the project in the Bush Theatre’s recently reopened reading room.

Source: @BushTheatre