Introduction to Playwriting Introduction to Playwriting short course
MA Drama Writing Student looks over her script as actors rehearse the show


Introduction to Playwriting

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Beginners, 18+

  • Dates

    Wednesday 28 August – Friday 31 August, 2024

  • Tuition


  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost


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The Introduction to Playwriting short course is designed as a fast-paced introduction to the craft of writing for live performance. Whether you’ve already had a go at writing a play or you are just looking to build the confidence to put pen to paper, this course can support you in your development as a writer. 

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School offers a fun and nurturing environment in which to pursue your creative ambitions. The School is a world leader in drama writing training, and the support available from your tutors will help you develop your natural talents and confidence in playwriting.

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• Gain grounding in the fundamentals of playwriting: dramatic action, character, dialogue, location and structure;

• Develop ideas by looking at the world around you for inspiration and participating in group exercises and discussions;

• Learn about the collaborative process of bringing a performance to life and listen to your writing be performed by acting students at a round-table reading;

• Nurture your skills and build your confidence in a group setting with support from course tutors and other students.

This is a full-time, three-day course, running from 10:00 to 16:00. This course is taught in our writing facilities at Downside Road.

Students developing and growing in confidence during their time here, seeing their work reaching professional standards in approach and execution; a student who intends to be a stage manager producing a wonderful sound design; a first year student making a lovely recording of a song for their recording project; tracking the careers of former students and seeing them be successful; being able to find a job opportunity for a recent graduate. Frank Bradley, Sound Tutor