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Bloomsbury Publishing: Writing for the Stage with David Eldridge

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing for an evening on writing for the stage with David Eldridge, the acclaimed writer of the must-see hit, Beginning!

Join them as leading dramatist, David Eldridge, is in conversation with fellow playwright Dan Rebellato at Bloomsbury’s stunning London headquarters talking playwriting, storytelling on stage, screen and radio and his illustrious writing career to date for one night only.

Date: 24 April 2018, 6.30pm- 8pm

Cost: From £11.37

Location: Bloomsbury Institute, WC1B 3DP

How to book: via the website

BBC – A Celebration of Moving On – Screening and Q&A Event

Moving On, the amazing BBC drama series created by Jimmy McGovern and made in Liverpool by LA Productions, has reached an amazing 50 episodes, but what is the secret of its success?

Meet the team behind this very successful series and enjoy a special screening of the landmark 50th episode.

Some facts about Moving On:

Moving On is in its tenth series, all series have been filmed in and around Liverpool using local businesses and tradespeople.

Moving On is proactive in targeting new writers to give them their first TV commission. Vivienne Harvey (RTS-nominated forEighteen, Series 8), Nick Leather (Murdered For Being Different,Broken), Esther Wilson (Call The Midwife, The Street) and actress Jodhi May (Invisible, Series 9) all got their first TV commission on Moving On.

When:  Wednesday 21st March at 6.30pm

Where: The Compass Room, Lowry Theatre, PIER 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

How to book: This is a free event – book your ticket here

Deadline: None, but tickets are expected to go fast!

Source: BBC Writersroom

Common Ground: Discussion on career progression for working-class playwrights at the Royal Court

This COMMON GROUND discussion is aimed exclusively at working-class* playwrights, offering a platform for artists to come together and discuss the barriers to career progression that they face in the UK theatre industry.

It is also an opportunity for COMMON to ask for your suggestions towards an initiative we are developing to support working-class playwrights across the UK.

The discussion is open to playwrights of all styles and in all stages of their career, including early-career, mid-career and established, writers-in-residence, naturalistic writers, surrealist writers etc.

Date and time: 26 March 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Location: The Royal Court Theatre, Rehearsal room

How to book: via the website

Cost: FREE

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

BBC Writersroom Scotland: In Conversation with Nicole Taylor (free event)

Writer Nicole Taylor will be joining BBC Writersroomin Glasgow for an In Conversation Event followed by Networking Drinks on Wednesday 28th March. Nicole is a writer best known for her award winning BBC drama Three Girls which looked at the Rochdale grooming scandal. Prior to that, Nicole wrote the multi-BAFTA nominated single drama The C Word and also wrote on The White QueenIndian Summers and The Hour amongst other titles.

Date : 28 March 2018, 5pm-7pm


Venue : The Studio, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE


How to book: Register for your free ticket on EventBrite

Tickets are limited and it will be first come first served.

Source: BBC Writersroom

Free writing workshops with Papatango’s GoWrite

Papatango launched GoWrite, a brand new arm for participation and engagement, in June 2017. GoWrite will deliver an ambitious year-round programme of in-depth playwriting workshops and education opportunities for over four thousand people each year – all completely free.

Every part of GoWrite is directly inspired by their professional opportunities. Participants will be empowered to write their own plays and continue their playwriting journeys with Papatango long into the future.

There will be various opportunities to participate in GoWrite in 2018: 

Workshops in state schools are modelled on the Papatango New Writing Prize; students’ plays are published and performed by professional actors. Read more here.

Adult workshops are led by Papatango discoveries and artists, are available online, and include bursaries to cover travel costs for those attending in person. Read more here.

A fortnightly online career facilitation service run by the Papatango team will answer all your questions about Papatango, playwriting, or theatre in general. Access it here between 10am – 12pm on alternate Thursdays (next date: 15 March).

Playwriting courses are run for local communities at Luton Hat Factory and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, each culminating in a rehearsed reading, free to local audiences. Read more here.

GoWrite is delivered with partners including Shakespeare Schools Festival, Ovalhouse, Performers Theatre School Liverpool, and the House touring network.

Deadline: Various, check the website for details

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women

This series of workshops are being created to further empower women in the arts, champion the growth of female leadership and to interrogate the current state of creative industries. The objective: for women to take up space.

The workshops will be documented on the Royal Court Theatre’s Blog in order to continue the conversation actively and widely.

Workshops will be led by Milli Bhatia (Trainee Director), Alysha Laviniere (Trainee, Production) Monica Siyanga (Trainee, Casting), Geraldine Vaughan (Trainee, Admin And Producing), Alex Constantin (Interim Company Manager), Romina Ahearne (Assistant to Executives), Ellie Horne (Literary Assistant), Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner (Trainee, Young Court), Ellie Fulcher (Young Court Workshop Leader)

Workshops will include;

100 years: 100 years since some women were given the right to vote – what do we hope that the next 100 years will look like? Workshops facilitated by Ellie Fulcher (Young Court Workshop Leader).

“Alongside the workshops, we invite visions for an ideal future in 100 years from now, through a series of questions that will be live on the Royal Court website. We will then collate these responses as well as those created in the workshop, and accumulate them into a series of stimulus for writers.”

Play in a day – Facilitated by Ellie Horne (Literary Assistant) and Milli Bhatia (Trainee Director). A workshop for those who’ve never written a play before, but have a story that they want to tell.

Women offstage – Facilitated by Alysha Laviniere (Trainee, Production) and Alex Constantin (Interim Company Manager). A workshop to showcase roles offstage for women in theatre. This event will include a guided tour backstage and a workshop with members of the production department, Young Court department and stage management. We want to explore the opportunities that are currently available for these roles and encourage more women to take up space backstage.

Empowerment and Taking Up Space – Facilitated by Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner (Trainee, Young Court) and Ellie Fulcher (Young Court Workshop Leader). Our Empowerment and Taking Up Space workshop is aimed at those aged 14 – 18.  This is a space to express opinion and to ask questions through a series of exercises and discussions. Young women’s voices are often silenced, patronised or ignored and we want to encourage them to take up space and be activists of their own future.

Script Club – recurring. Facilitated by Monica Siyanga (Trainee, Casting), Ellie Horne (Literary Assistant) and Romina Ahearne (Assistant to the executives). Each month, we’ll read and discuss a play that is written by a woman. This will be discussion based, and we are excited for participants to bring their own knowledge of female led work. We will give notice of which play we intend to discuss, and participants can either purchase their own copy or read a copy from the building.

A networking event for Women of Colour in theatre. – Facilitated by Alysha Laviniere (Trainee, Production), Monica Siyanga (Trainee, Casting), Milli Bhatia (Trainee Director), Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner (Trainee, Young Court) and Geraldine Vaughan (Trainee, Admin And Producing), Are you a producer, writer, director or designer seeking collaborators or to simply wish to broaden your network? We invite WoC to come and talk with each other about their experiences and interests within the arts. This will involve a ‘speed dating’ networking session.

Discussion: Are quotas helpful or harmful?  – Facilitated by Milli Bhatia (Trainee Director) Alysha Laviniere (Trainee, Production) and Ellie Fulcher (Young Court Workshop Leader). Examining current models and structures that strive for diversity, inclusion and integration, and looking to a possible future. What are the next active steps we need to take in order to diversify our industry? A workshop culminating in break out groups and discussion.

The workshops are free and for anyone who is non binary or who identifies as a woman, of any age and experience.

How to book: Booking for the first series of workshops will open the week commencing 19 March 2018. Please sign up to the Royal Court mailing list here to be informed as to when booking opens.

Dates: TBC

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Media Plays at the NT: workshop

A full-day session on how theatre can be used to comment on the media. Looking at examples from NT productions Pravda, Great Britain and Network, and with contributions from academics, performers and theatre-makers. Chaired by Yasmeen Khan.

Cost: £55 / £40 concessions / £7.50 students (6 hour workshop)

When: 20 February 2018

Location: National Theatre

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page

Panel discussion on rural touring with Anonymous Is A Woman (£5)

Wandering Women Writers: A panel discussion on Rural Touring as a lifeline for female creativity
Saturday, 10 February 16:30
VAULT Festival, Waterloo

This Saturday, Anonymous Is A Woman will be hosting a panel discussion on the opportunities available to writers in the rural touring network. If you want to be paid to write plays or produce your own work, they believe this is one of the best places to get started.

In a climate where funding is scarce and female work is under represented the guaranteed income of a rural touring date can offer a financial lifeline to artists, yet rural touring is often undervalued. With emerging companies often paid more for a single rural touring date than a week of performances in London the panel of writers, directors and journalists will aim to demystify the sector and interrogate how it may support women artists.

What you pay: £5


(If you book a ticket for the workshop, you can get a discounted ticket to Think of England at the Vault Festival for £10.)

Source: Direct contact

Bloomsbury Publishing talk on ‘The Future of Playwriting’ with Caroline Jester, Charlene James, and Dan Rebellato (£15)

‘The Future of Playwriting’ with Caroline Jester, Charlene James, and Dan Rebellato
Wednesday 24 January 2018 from 18:30 – 20:00
Central London

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing for a discussion on the future of play writing and playwrights with four fascinating writers for the stage. This event is in part a promotion for Caroline Jester’s new book Fifty Playwrights on their Craft.

In this event exclusively for theatre fans, storytellers and those curious about what it takes to write an award-winning, sold out show beloved by audiences all over the world, we invite you to join us as Caroline Jester, Charlene James and Dan Rebellato discuss play writing; its history, its peaks and falls, and why some of the best writers working today don’t like to think of their audience…

(Read the piece published by the Guardian about ‘I challenge them to leave but force them to stay’: playwrights on their audiences.)

Please note: a fourth playwright will be joining this event but you’ll need to book your ticket to find out who it is! Caroline has kindly invited another of the exciting and respected writers featured in the her book to join the evening but we’ve been sworn to secrecy!

You can read more about the guests and Caroline Jester’s new book on the event page.


Bloomsbury Publishing
50 Bedford Square

Cost: £15 (plus booking fee)

How to book: Bookings can be made via the event page:

Source: Direct contact

(Please note: If you purchase this book through LPW’s affiliate links, there will be no extra charge to you but a small portion of the sale may go towards supporting the blog.)

Raindance Screenwriting Taster Day (£5)

Raindance Taster Day
Saturday 13 January 2018
Central London/Charing Cross

Curious about screenwriting? Raindance runs a range of classes, and workshops, and even an MA course.

Raindance Taster Day is your opportunity to experience a real taste of their world-renowned evening & weekend film training courses, classes and workshops.

Attending the Taster Day will allow you to learn more about the different filmmaking disciplines and crafts through sample lectures and workshops delivered by experienced film professionals over the day. Attendees will leave with an introductory knowledge of the many filmmaking disciplines taught by Raindance.

They have designed the film courses London day for you to explore what we have to offer and immerse yourself in their film training school for the day. Try out as many of the taster sessions as you like, and end the day at networking drinks where you can talk to tutors and other attendees over a free drink.

The day will include a range of taster sessions including directing, screenwriting and producing, along with sessions on breaking into the film industry. There will also be a chance to talk to the Raindance Film Festival team and learn about the flexible, practice-focussed MA/MSc in Film offered by Raindance in partnership with Staffordshire University.

You can see the full schedule on the booking page.

Location: The Raindance Film Centre is located at 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE, just two minutes’ walk away from Charing Cross and Embankment stations. Here you will find all the information you will need about stepping into the world of filmmaking, no matter your level and experience.

Cost: £5 to attend, free to Raindance members.

How to book: Bookings can be made via their event page:

Source: Raindance newsletter