Playhouse Playwrights’ Playground

Our free course for writers and theatre-makers from or living in the East Midlands is back!

The Playhouse Playwrights’ Playground will comprise of series of bi-weekly online workshops, led by dramaturg and Amplify Producer Craig Gilbert, covering the fundamentals of playwrighting craft including: Structure, Dialogue, Character and Theatricality.  The course will run on Tuesday Nights, 6:30pm- 8:30pm from Jan- July 2022 during which participants will work on the first draft of a new, full-length play.

In addition to the workshops, participants will receive:

Complimentary tickets to all in-house productions staged during the course.

A reading list, with all texts provided.

A one-one-one dramaturgical development session upon delivery of a first draft.

The course is open to those with some experience of creative writing but not necessarily writing for the theatre.  We are looking for writers with a unique, compelling voice who are excited by the challenges and opportunities of making work for the stage.

The deadline for applications is Monday January 10 at midday.

We will let everyone know the outcome of their application on Friday 14 January 2022.

The first session will be on Tuesday 25 January 2022.

Click here to apply 

Workshop: Adam Penford Acting Master Class

On 3 February 2022, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Adam Penford will lead a masterclass on Acting Technique for professional performers.

The deadline for applications is midday on 20 January 2022.

We will be in touch with the performers chosen to take part on 27 January 2022.

Priority will be given to professional performers from or based in the East Midlands.

To apply click here 

Workshop Pitching your Show to a Building

Tuesday 18 January, 630pm – 8pm

Directors, Writers, Makers, Producers, ever wondered how to approach venues about a show you want to make?

Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse will discuss ways to approach and pitch to venues and producers.

This interactive workshop for theatremakers of all disciplines and levels of experience will explore the art of communicating your idea, and pitfalls to avoid.

Bring a short pitch (up to 2 minutes) to share with the group for a show and receive feedback on how to develop and improve it.

The deadline for applications is midday Friday 7 January.

We will let everyone know the outcome of their application on Wednesday 12 January.

To apply click here:

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please note this workshop will take place on Zoom.

Workshop: The Improvisers Handbook for Theatre directors and makers

Tuesday 22 February.  7pm-9pm

Tired of doing the same warm-ups in every rehearsal? Looking to bring something new and i

interesting to your practice as a director or theatre maker? This workshop is a run through of every exercise a top improviser thinks you should know!

This course will be built around the specific class taking it. Before the workshop, you’ll be emailed asking if you have a specific topic or issue that you would like an exercise for.

Topics could include:

  • Being present
  • Active listening
  • Following your breath
  • Silencing your inner critic
  • Creating and exploring characters

Applications close on 14 February at midnight

Places are limited, click here to apply:

The course is led by Liam Webber, an acclaimed improvisational comedian, actor, and facilitator from Nottingham (“Extraordinary Performer” – The Scotsman). A graduate of the prestigious iO Theater’s intensive improvisation training programme in Chicago, he has learnt from some of the world’s top improvisers including Mike McShane, Scott Adsit, and members of the Olivier Award winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. He has performed improvised comedy around the world from New York to Copenhagen, represented England at the inaugural Edinburgh International Improv Festival, and is a veteran of five Edinburgh Fringes. He has been teaching and facilitating courses in improv, storytelling and their applications for 6 years.