HighTide Lighthouse Programme- Write that Play and Playwright Crisis Support Programme

Write That Play – Playwriting Programme

HighTide Writer and BAFTA Nominee Dawn King will lead a live-streamed weekly session for 10 weeks, designed to help new and emerging writers learn about the craft of playwriting and work towards completing a first draft of a play.

The weekly sessions will be approximately one hour in length and take place each Tuesday at 3.30pm, starting from 14th April 2020 and concluding on 16th June 2020, and delivered through the video calling platform, Zoom.

Each week, Dawn will take the group through playwriting exercises and tasks designed to help you learn playwriting craft skills and develop your own play, with accompanying handouts and example texts sent through to participants by email.

Participants will work towards handing their completed draft in to HighTide after the course ends for notes and feedback.

There will also be the opportunity to engage with fellow participants to share ideas and connect.


  • The course is for writers (18+) based in or from the East of England (Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire & Essex)
  • and/or writers from a socio-economically deprived background.
  • The programme will be suitable for total beginners, but will also suit those with some experience.
  • Applicants should want to start a new play or complete something they have already started and be able to commit to weekly sessions for 10 weeks.


10am on Tuesday 7th April.

They will confirm your place on the programme and follow up with further participant information by Thursday 9th April.



Playwright Crisis Support Programme

During the full period of the current crisis – however long this may be – HighTide will support a cohort of up to ten emerging playwrights with a programme of bespoke support, including a HighTide alumni mentor. Confirmed mentors include Nick Payne, Vinay Patel and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.

The focus of this programme is artist wellbeing during this period of crisis.
Individuals goals will be set with each playwright. They could range from completing a new draft, starting to explore a new idea, facilitating an opportunity for a writer to hear some work out loud and navigating the financial support available to freelance artists at this time and more.
  • Preference will be given to writers from or based in our home region, the East of England; and/or writers from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
  • This programme is not intended to be an entry level opportunity (they are providing and launching other free programmes to support new writers at this time).
  • The programme is open to writers who have already created at least one full length (over 60 minutes) piece of original new writing for the stage that has been staged by professionally trained artists/collaborators for a minimum of 5 performances; but who have not yet received a paid commission to create new work by either a venue or company.
10am on Tuesday 7th April 2020.

Published on:
27 Mar 2020


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