Theatre Royal Brighton Young Writers

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Theatre Royal Brighton Young Writers is an exciting partnership project between New Writing South and Theatre Royal Brighton for young writers aged 16 - 25 who are passionate about writing and Theatre.

Now in its fifth year, the inspiration for the programme came from the desire to offer young people in Brighton the same opportunities afforded by London’s Royal Court Young Writer’s, to work with a professional playwright to turn ideas and passion into drama in the context of theatre, to experience what it is to work in the industry, and to meet with other theatre professionals.

Application is through submission of a piece of creative writing; we are seeking creative flair and no prior experience of writing is necessary. The selected writers will work with professional writer, Evlynn Sharp, who will support them to find their voice and reflect on why they write, what they want to say, who they want to say it to, and how they’re going to say it. By the end of the course participants will have developed a well-rounded experience of what it is to write for, in and about theatre.

Workshops take place at Theatre Royal Brighton 10am – 12.30pm on Saturdays between September 2017 and April 2018 (dates below). Each session includes work around a specific aspect of writing for and about Theatre as well as time for the writers to just write; the atmosphere is informal, encouraging and nurturing, offering a safe space for young writers to express themselves. Some sessions will be linked to shows in TRB’s programme and participants will be encouraged to watch a varied selection of productions as part of the course; ticket prices will be subsidised in order to enable this to happen.

Other professionals from the theatre industry (drama reviewers, directors, funders etc) will visit the group and contribute their learning and experience. At the end of the course your writing will be brought to life in a rehearsed reading with professional actors and director, in front of an audience in one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in the country!

The course fee is £150

Thanks to our sponsors the course fee is heavily subsidised (£10 per session including final performance). We may be able to offer a bursary to reduce the course fee, please email Jackie Alexander and outline why you would need an assisted place.

Application process:

Complete the attached registration form and submit a maximum of two A4 sides of creative writing on a subject of your choice. This can be in script format or a short story or poem - we are looking for creative flair, no prior experience of writing is needed. 

Email your application to

Application deadline 6 October

Session dates:

14 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov, 9 Dec, 13 Jan, 27 Jan, 10 Feb, 24 Feb, 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 7 Apr, 21 Apr, 29 Apr final performance, 5 May final session at the Writers Place.

If your application is successful you will be asked to attend the introductory session on 14 October – all course fees must be paid at this session.

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