National Theatre- 16–21: Writing for Theatre

This FREE course for 16–21-year-olds will be delivered online via Zoom.
You must be available for all the course dates and times listed on this page to take part.

This course is for those with big ideas and a passion for writing. You might be totally new to theatre or wanting to try a new skill in an industry you already love.

During this online course, you will develop the practical tools and skills to focus your ideas and turn them into theatre, supported by playwright Guleraana Mir. Through writing exercises, games and creative tasks you will find out how to create structure, character and dialogue and gain an understanding of the playwriting process

Additionally you will also be supported throughout the course by an established playwright-mentor who will run smaller group sessions where you can read your work out loud, receive feedback and put your skills into practice.

This year the NT have fewer places available on the Young People’s Programme, and so  are furthering their commitment to diversity and access by concentrating recruitment in three areas that they recognise have been most affected by the events of this year: young people of colour, young people from working-class backgrounds and young people with disabilities.

Guleraana Mir is an award-winning writer, theatre-maker and one half of female-focused theatre company The Thelmas. She is passionate about telling authentic stories that celebrate, not stereotype. Guleraana Mir regularly facilitates playwriting masterclasses with schools, community groups and emerging writers. She was leader of VAULT Festival’s New Writing Programme in 2020. Writing credits include Santi & Naz at the VAULT Festival; The Bigger Picture (audio) as part of Decolonising History, commissioned by Tamasha and SOAS, University of London; We’re Just Getting Started at the Royal Exchange Theatre; Make Noise (audio) as part of Forgotten Women 2018; Mano’s at Mulberry School and RichMix 2018; and Coconut at Ovalhouse and national tour.

Course dates:
Wednesday 3 November, 5–7pm
Wednesday 10 November, 5–7pm
Wednesday 17 November, 5–7pm
Wednesday 24 Nov, 5–7pm
Wednesday 1 December, 5–7pm
Wednesday 8 December, 5–7pm
Wednesday 15 December, 5–7pm
Wednesday 12 January, 5–7pm
Wednesday 19 January, 5–7pm
Wednesday 26 January, 5–7pm
Wednesday 2 February, 5–7pm
Wednesday 9 March, 5–7pm
Wednesday 16 March, 5–7pm

As part of this course you will also watch a National Theatre production.


Wednesday 20 October.

Published on:
21 Sep 2021
Opportunity deadline:
20 Oct 2021


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