The Everyman and Playhouse theatres continue to nurture and develop budding young writers and help create an exciting new generation of Liverpool playwrights with the 10th Young Writers Programme, now open to applicants aged 16 to 25.
This year-long programme introduces young writers to the art of playwriting, working alongside experienced theatre practitioners.
Each September 12 young writers are invited to join the programme, working closely with literary manager Suzanne Bell and a professional playwright. An initial term of twelve weekly Tuesday evening workshops introduces the basics of playwriting, followed by ten evening workshops on the development of full length plays, culminating in Everyword – the Everyman’s annual new writing festival.
Throughout the course, there are masterclasses with visiting theatre practitioners and the opportunity to see productions at the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres for free. Past practitioners include: Directors Gemma Bodinetz, John Tiffany, Philip Wilson, Indhu Rubasingham; Writers Willy Russell, Jonathan Harvey, Jimmy McGovern, Shaun Duggan, Helen Blakeman, Chloe Moss, Maurice Bessman and Stephen Butchard; Designer Jocelyn Meall; and BBC Producer Melanie Harris.
Michael McLean, writer of Electric Hills (Everyman 2007), took part in the Young Writers Programme in 2003. He said: “Joining the Young Writers Programme is one of the best things I’ve ever done. Meeting with fellow writers, as well as gaining insight from professionals working in all aspects of the theatre, made me realise that this is what I want to do in my life.”
For more information or for an application pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org with full contact details and ‘Young Writers’ Programme Application’ in the subject line, or call 0151 708 3700 for more details.
The deadline for applications is Friday August 20, and interviews will be held on September 6 & 7.
The Everyman and Playhouse Young Writers Programme is supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.