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16-21: A Playwright's Toolkit: Writing for Theatre

A photo of participants collaborating during a young people's playwriting course.

16-21: A Playwright's Toolkit: Writing for Theatre

2019 Workshop dates:

Tuesday 1 October 5–8pm
Tuesday 8 October 5–8pm
Tuesday 15 October 5–8pm

John Lyons Education Studio, National Theatre

As part of this course you will also see two National Theatre productions:

Faith, Hope and CharityMonday 7 October, 7.30pm, Dorfman Theatre
HansardMonday 14 October, 7.30pm, Lyttelton Theatre


This course is available to 16–21-year-olds

£40, including tickets (bursaries are available)

You must be available for all workshops and for both performances to take part.

In this three-part course you will develop the practical tools to write your play, supported by playwright Elinor Cook. Through writing exercises, games and creative tasks you will find out how to create structure, character and drama.

Whether you’re totally new to playwriting or have many drafts in your drawer, this course will help you sharpen your ideas and turn them into theatre.

Elinor Cook is the winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2013 and a runner up in the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2018. Her plays include Out of Love at Paines Plough and the Orange Tree; a new version of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse; Pilgrims at HighTide; and The Boy Preference for NT Connections. She is currently writing for Killing Eve.

Applicatiosn for this course closed on Friday 20 September 2019. This is your chance to tell us about your interest in writing and theatre. The more you tell us – within the word limit – the more we will understand about you and why you want to take part.


We would never want the cost of a course or project to prevent anyone from taking part. A limited number of full and part-funded bursary places are available. If you would like to apply for one, please indicate this on the form when you apply.