Middle Child Writers’ Group

The Middle Child Writers’ Group offers a free introduction to playwriting, led by  associate artist and Hull-based writer, Tom Wells.

You don’t need to have written anything before, you just need to have a few good stories to tell – funny stories, sad stories, tough stories, tender stories – stories Middle Child are eager to see on Hull stages.

You’ll take part in a series of five weekly workshops, in-person at our Theatre Library, focused around finding your voice as a playwright.

You will then begin work on a new play, which will receive feedback from Tom and Middle Child artistic director, Paul Smith. There will also be a sixth workshop, working with actors to bring your early texts to life.

The 2023 group will meet on the following dates, from 6-8pm, at the Middle Child Theatre Library:

Tuesday 5 September
Tuesday 12 September
Tuesday 19 September
Tuesday 26 September
Tuesday 3 October
Who can apply
The group is open to any individual who is:



  • A current resident local to Hull and the East Riding with a HU postcode;
  • Over the age of 18;
  • Yet to have had a play performed of more than 60 minutes in length.


Tom Wells is a Hull-based playwright, whose work includes Drip (Boundless), Broken Biscuits (Paines Plough and Live Theatre), Folk (Birmingham Rep, Hull Truck Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre) and Jumpers for Goalposts (Paines Plough). Middle Child have also adapted two of Tom’s previous Lyric Hammersmith pantomime scripts: Dick Whittington (2016) and Cinderella (2017).

Tom is an associate artist of Middle Child and has led the Writers’ Group since it launched in 2018.


Middle Child ​Writers’ Group – Middle Child (middlechildtheatre.co.uk)

Published on:
12 Jul 2023


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