The Nottingham Playhouse Writers Group will run February – October 2024 for writers based in the Midlands who may want to develop a new play to a full draft.

It’s an opportunity to meet and discuss texts for performance and engage with the process of writing a play.

You will be mentored by Nottingham Playhouse Amplify Associate Nathan Ellis and you will have an opportunity to have an excerpt of your writing performed as part of a showcase in Autumn 2024.

You will meet once every two weeks, sometimes in-person, sometimes online, and develop a new play from idea to first draft. There will be assignments to complete, and you will receive feedback on your writing. You will have an opportunity to engage with the work of the Playhouse and learn more about how to develop work for the stage, as well as how to develop a career as a writer. Sessions will be led by Nathan and occasionally by or with guest industry professionals.

This is an opportunity to learn more about and hone your skills in the craft of playwriting and the career side of it.

If you are a writer-performer who is exclusively interested in writing for yourself, then this probably isn’t for you.


We are looking for people who have:

  • An interest in learning about how plays get put together.
  • A desire to discuss texts for performance with other writers.
  • A desire to make work for the stage.


Nottingham Playhouse Writers’ Group Members will:

  • Become part of a community of writers who learn, share and develop work together
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings (a mix of online and in person)
  • Be invited to take part in a writers showcase as part of Amplify Festival (likely late October 2024)
  • Forge a connection with Nottingham Playhouse
  • Receive mentoring and supervision from East Midlands writer Nathan Ellis
  • Be invited to press night for Nottingham Playhouse in-house productions for the duration of the course
  • Have the offer of support with travel expenses/access requirements/childcare if required (individually arranged).


Nottingham Playhouse Writers’ Group Members will be expected to:

  • Commit to the full series of sessions
  • Read set material in advance of sessions
  • Complete set writing assignments in advance of sessions
  • Work independently to write their own material.