Free course for writers in the North East

Live Theatre are on the lookout for budding North East writers interested in writing for the stage. They created Live Playwriting. This is a friendly and informal course that will introduce you to some of the key aspects of writing a play. It will also lift the lid on playwriting, giving you an understanding of how the theatre industry works and how writers get their plays on stage.

This free course will begin on Saturday 13 February 2021 and will run for 10 weeks. Led by Live Theatre’s Creative Producer, Graeme Thompson and a host of leading theatre professionals, you will cover storytelling, plot, character, dialogue and theatricality. You will also develop an idea for a stage play.

The leading writers and theatre professionals who will share their guidance and practical experience includes:

  • Chinonyerem Odimba
    Live Theatre Associate Artist and playwright
    The Princess & The Hustler, Eclipse and Bristol Old Vic, performed at Live Theatre.
    Unknown Rivers, Hampstead Theatre
  • Anna Jordan
    Bruntwood Prize winning playwright
    Yen, The Royal Exchange, Royal Court, MCC New York
    and screenwriter Killing EveSuccession
  • Vinay Patel
    A Journey, Bush Theatre
    and BAFTA winning screenwriter
    Murdered by My Father, Dr Who
  • Phoebe Eclair-Powell
    Live Theatre commissioned and Bruntwood Prize winning Playwright
    Shed-Exploded, Fury, Soho Theatre
    and screenwriter Hollyoaks
  • Luke Barnes
    Live Theatre commissioned playwright
    The Jumper Factory, Young Vic Theatre, Clare Studio, Bristol Old Vic
  • Katie Posner and Charlotte Bennett
    Artistic directors Paines Plough touring theatre company


  • This is for anyone interested in writing for the stage who is based in the North East aged 16+.
  • You do not have to have any previous experience of playwriting.



Friday 18 December 2020.

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Published on:
20 Nov 2020


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