Our Young Writers Group is a groundbreaking initiative to give young people in rural areas a chance to learn about playwriting and to have their plays produced by professional actors, designers and directors.
This year, we're running two groups. One based in Shropshire and one based in Yorkshire. Their plays, called NEW FUTURES, will be on at Ludlow Fringe Festival and Skipton Town Hall in June.
Both groups began in September. There are six writers in the Shropshire group and five in the Yorkshire one. Both groups are meeting monthly and taking part in workshops run by professional theatre-makers, reading plays, writing scenes and generally getting into theatre. In summer 2017, both groups will see their short plays given a professional public production.
If you'd like to join one of next year's groups, which will begin in September 2017, register your interest by dropping us an email.
Our First group started in 2013. Meeting once a month over 9 months from September to June, under the guidance of our Artistic Director and professional playwrights, directors and actors, they wrote their own plays. We produced them at Shropshire's first ever YOUNG WRITERS FESTIVAL in June 2014.
Our third group explored themes of journeys and migration in LAST JOURNEY, which we produced at the Ludlow Fringe and Latitude Festival in July 2016.
Here's what previous young writer Tom said about his experience:
"I’ve been lucky enough to be a regular visitor to the company in recent months, as a member of the first Young Writers Group. This is an exciting opportunity for 7 of us to get together every three weeks for workshops, discussions and to generally chat about the craft, pleasure and sometimes pain of writing. (Plus there’s always the added bonus tea and cake!) The group really spans a broad spectrum of ages (up to 25) and experiences but, the group, led by Artistic Director Elizabeth and professional playwright Simon, is a truly supportive and open environment.
But don’t be fooled… the group isn’t just an excuse for a chinwag. We’ve also been lucky enough to take part in a really inspiring workshop from writer and performer Francesca Millican-Slater; explored how words on the page translate when working with actors and I’m already looking forward to next time’s session which will be led by writer Phil Porter. Plus there is always precious time to try our hand at a writing exercise which can often produce some surprising and delightful results. Last time we started to share some of our work and it was so nice to hear – even from tiny, unpolished pieces – just a few of the different voices within the group and I can’t wait to hear much more from my fellow writers."