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.

Training at BOVTS set me up with the skillset, confidence and connections for the career I now have as a freelance theatre designer. Max Johns, MA Performance Design Alumni