New Views

Are you a budding Playwright? Do you want to learn more about playwriting and work with professional playwrights and directors?



This year Theatre Royal Wakefield will be partnering with the National Theatre, to deliver this free project in Wakefield. The New Views Theatre Royal Wakefield Hub runs with the academic year, with weekly sessions from Monday 22nd October to April 2019 with meetings every Monday from 5 pm-7pm during the autumn term (with a week off for October Half Term) with the last session on 17th December. There will then be some follow up sessions for sharing and feedback in the spring term.



National Theatre New Views project is an annual playwriting programme for 14-19 year olds. Each year hundreds of students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the business and write their own 30 minute plays, with one play chosen to be staged at the NT with a professional cast. Participants will have the chance to develop their creative writing skills, work with professional writers and directors, see live theatre and receive personal one-to-one feedback on their work.

The programme breaks down into two core components:

1. A writing programme of workshops and group discussions examining character, dialogue, stagecraft and story (to name just a few) which takes place at Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Centre for Creativity, including a visit to a professional production (show and date tbc) Sessions are led by a professional playwright and professional director.

2. A national playwriting competition where all students taking part in the programme are eligible to enter their work following editorial advice from professional playwrights. The shortlisted playwrights will have the opportunity to have their play performed as a rehearsed reading at the NT, with the winning play being performed in the Dorfman theatre with a professional cast and creative team.

Until then, you can find out more about the New Views programme and national playwriting competition here:

If you’re interested in taking part in the New Views’ Theatre Royal Wakefield Hub or have any questions regarding the project, please read our FAQ's or contact Jenny Jones.

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