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Writing For The Theatre - Playwriting Course 2019

Want to create an original script for the stage and have actors bring it to life? This course is for you. For writers of all levels. No upper age limit.

Evening classes. January to July with a month's break in April

BLOCK 1: Stage Writing Techniques in Theory and Practice

First term: January 15th to April 5th – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesday and Friday evenings

Tuesday sessions will focus on the craft of theatre writing: Structure, Narrative, Dramatic Action, Dialogue, Character, Stage Directions and Form.

Friday sessions will involve workshopping and developing your own work.

With a 4 week break over Easter (last class on 5th April and back to class the 7th May)  

BLOCK 2: Playwriting in Collaboration with Actors

Second term: May 7th to July 26th - 6:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesday and Friday evenings:  

Acting Students from Drama Studio London will read and perform your work in class. It will be an exclusive opportunity to hear your words spoken by actors and give you a unique insight into the requirements of dramatic writing.

Upon completion of the two terms, writers will be given five weeks to develop the script, after which they will have a one hour, one-on-one feedback tutorial with Simon in the first week of September 2019.


Simon Vinnicombe is a Pearson Award winning writer who has taught at The National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and teaches playwriting at the University of Hertfordshire. Simon began his career when he was invited to join the Royal Court a ‘Super Group’ within the Young Writers Program. He was part of the celebrated writers company, The Apathists, with Mike Bartlett, Duncan Macmillan, Nick Gill, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Rachel Wagstaff given a residency at Theatre 503. His first two plays Year 10 (2005) and Cradle Me (2008) opened at the Finborough Theatre. Year 10 was named Time Out Critics' Choice and subsequently transferred to the BAC and the Festival Premieres second edition, a festival by the Theatre National de Strasbourg and Le Maillon and as part of the Brittany International Theatre Festival in 2006. His plays have been performed across the world in many different languages. City Love was performed at the Bussey Building in September 2013. Both Cradle Me and City Love are in development as feature films with Missing Link. Simon’s other work has been produced at the Bush Theatre, Union Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Southwark