Playhouse Playwrights’ Playground

Nottingham Playhouse is launching a brand new free course for writers and theatre-makers from or living in the East Midlands.

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 Monday Nights, 6:30pm- 8:30pm from Jan- July 2021 during which participants will work on the first draft on 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 Mon 11 Jan at midday. We will let everyone know the outcome of their application on Fri 15 Jan. The first session will be on Mon 25 Jan

Apply here

An update from Craig, our Artist Development Producer:

Hello there!

I hope you’re all keeping well in these trying times.

Thank you to everyone who applied during our Spring Ideas Submission window. Due to the ongoing situation, and because most of our employees are currently furloughed, we’ve taken the decision to hold these applications over to the Autumn. As soon as we have more news about how this will work, we’ll update these pages. Thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, here are a few links you might find useful and interesting over the coming weeks:

The East Meets West Hub

At the very heart of the East Meets West network is your new community hub. It’s an online space (away from the distractions of other social media platforms) where you can meet and share knowledge with others working in the Midlands’ independent theatre sector. Whether you’re an administrator, composer, designer, director, dramaturg, evaluator, facilitator, funder or fundraiser, general manager, marketer, musician, performer, producer, production or stage manager, programmer, technician, theatre-maker, writer… or anyone else who helps to get independent theatre in front of audiences, this hub is yours. For more information, and to request to join, click here

In Good Company – Peer-led space sharing ways to support each other

Shows you can watch online for free for inspiration if nothing else

Nest Virtual Residency Programme – Talking Birds

Outbreaks of Kindness opportunities – Talking Birds

The Rollercoaster of Change

For Actors looking for an agent

For writers

Online Yoga courses

BBC UK Festival of Arts

Arts Council – Advice/relaxing deadlines

Look after yourselves and each other.

All the very best,
Craig