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WRITE Theatre



Playwriting courses in London

4-day courses on the art of writing for theatre

The Cockpit
Gateforth Street

WRITE theatre is a series of unique, intensive courses for emerging theatre writers run by established playwrights, Rib Davis and Brian Woolland, at The Cockpit in association with Border Crossings Laboratory.  We run them two or three times a year.


For all courses, the period between the first weekend and the second gives participants an opportunity to revise and develop their writing.

It is possible to enrol for either weekend or both.

The first weekend of every course is devoted to workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials.  Professional actors will NOT be present.

For the second weekend,professional actors are present throughout.  Every participant has an extract from their script workshopped and rehearsed.  Participating writers are given a choice about how they wish to use the Sunday of the second weekend.   Some writers choose to continue with workshopping their scripts, others opt for script-in-hand performances, to which friends can be invited on the Sunday afternoon.

We believe that the writing of plays is an organic process, not something that can be taught through the rigid application of rules or application of templates. And it is through this organic process that the writer finds his or her voice.

Our courses provide:

  • the stimulation of working amongst other aspiring writers

  • intensive tuition through individual tutorials

  • group seminars and workshops on generating material, effective dialogue, characterisation and structure

  • time to draft and time to discuss those drafts with the tutors and other writers

  • 2 days of workshops with experienced professional actors, all of whom have worked regularly with the RSC, culminating in performance of short extracts from your own work

For further details and an enrolment form, go to:

WRITE theatre playwriting courses in London

The Write Theatre website gives full details of the course including how to enrol and a page of testimonials from writers who have attended previous courses.

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