North Somerset Libraries- FREE Papatango writing workshops

The sessions are free, and anyone with mobility needs or in need of financial assistance can apply to Papatango for bursaries to cover travel costs. Anyone with specific access needs can also request support.


How to Start Writing a Play

Sat, 25 January 2020
10:30 – 12:30 GMT

Yatton Library and Children’s Centre
48 High Street
BS49 4HJ

Looking for some impetus to get started on a new play? Award-winning playwright Silva Semerciyan will take you through the early stages of getting your ideas down on paper.

Silva Semerciyan won the William Saroyan Prize for her first play Another Man’s Son which was subsequently developed under commission to the National Theatre. Her play Gather Ye Rosebuds won Best New Play at the Brighton fringe festival and I and the Village was a finalist for the Bruntwood Prize and an Offie Award for Best New Play. Her other plays include A Quest for Arthur (National Theatre Let’s Play); Under a Cardboard Sea, The Light Burns Blue, and The Window (Bristol Old Vic); and Flashes (Young Vic). She was a recipient of a BBC fellowship and BBC PAF alumni grant, and she has been a writer on attachment at the National Theatre Studio and member of the Royal Court’s Studio Group. Her play Witches Can’t Be Burned will be part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival in 2020.



Sat, 29 February 2020
10:15 – 12:15 GMT

Worle Library and Children’s Centre
Mendip Avenue
BS22 6HN

Led by award-winning playwright Bea Roberts (The Borrowers, Tobacco Factory), This workshop will guide you through the process of adapting stories for the stage.

Bea Roberts won the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award for her play And Then Come The Nightjars – which also earned her a place as a 2016 Finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her critically acclaimed one woman/no woman show Infinity Pool, A Modern Re-telling of Madame Bovary garnered a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and a Total Theatre Award nomination. She was a recipient of the J.B. Priestley Award from the Royal Literary Fund and, in 2018, won a UK Theatre Award for her adaptation of Little Mermaid. She is currently under commission from the National Theatre and the RSC.

Published on:
18 Dec 2019


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