Introductory Writers' Groups

Applications for the Introduction to Playwriting groups are currently closed. The information below is reproduced for information about the groups. Applications will open again in Spring 2019.

The intention of the introductory group is to primarily provide demystified access to the basics of theatre-making.  Participants are encouraged to think about theatre in its three-dimensional reality, guided by the particular passions of the writer leading the group.  Writers who have not already written extensively for live performance can apply to be part of this group as we assign places based on potential.  Application is through a short extract of written work.

The groups are a friendly and supportive environment where playwrights at an early stage of their career can explore the possibilities of writing for live performance. The groups are facilitated by playwrights we are currently working with and excited by. At the end of the group, group members get to submit a play they have worked on over the course of the group and receive detailed feedback on it. It’s perfect if you’ve got an interest in writing for the stage but little experience – none at all is necessary.  All you need to have is an interest in writing and the thirst to write a play.

From these applications, we will run three groups – one starting mid-July, one starting at the end of September, and another starting mid-January 2019. If you could only attend a particular intake, you can tell us about this on the form. Each group runs for eight weeks with each session lasting 2 hours and generally starting at either 6.30pm or 7pm, depending on the availability of the lead playwrights.  They generally take place on a Monday or Tuesday evening (again, this is not yet confirmed) and take place here at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square. There is no fee to take part and no age limit. We are generally able to help writers from outside of London with their travel costs to the city.

To apply, please download and complete this application form and sent it to us along with a ten page sample of your writing. The sample can be from a longer play or a complete short piece – it doesn’t matter if it’s something that exists already or is something you have written specially, but it must be written for live performance (the guidelines below have more details).

Please send it to us via [email protected]

If you’re unable to email your application, you can also submit your application form and writing sample by post to Literary Office, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS.

The closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 29th May at noon. We will let you know on or before Friday 29th June whether we can offer you a place.

Some important points to note:

  •  Your extract can be of any genre and feature any number of characters, but must be intended for the stage and not for film, television or radio. It should not be an adaptation of a story from another medium.
  • If you are sending your application electronically, please include your name somewhere in the document’s file names, i.e. firstnamesurnamesubmission.doc or firstnamesurnameapplication.pdf.
  • Please send your documents in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format.
  • Do not include any other materials (photographs, CVs etc).
  •  You can send us an application if you’ve applied before, but please do not apply for this group if you have taken part in an introductory group at the Royal Court since 2005.
  • We will not be able to send you feedback on your submission and because of the volume we receive, we can’t take late applications (so send it in early!)
  • If you have already representation (i.e. an agent for your writing work), this is probably not the group for you.  Information about how to submit a play to us is here
  • You will receive an acknowledgement whether you send your application by email or post.


How we store your data
All details related to your application are stored securely on our server and will not be shared with third parties. All unsuccessful application forms and samples are deleted within three months of receipt. If your application is successful, we will send you further details on how we will store your data. Equal opportunities monitoring details may be provided in an anonymised form to our funders.