Insights into our Introduction to Playwriting Groups
With applications now open for our Introduction to Playwriting Groups, we asked the playwrights who led last year’s groups to share what goes on.
Here are some insights from playwrights Sabrina Mahfouz, Rory Mullarkey, Somalia Seaton and Stef Smith. Scroll down for a writing exercise from each of them that you can try at home.
Can you sum up what the Introduction to Playwriting Group is in a sentence?
Sabrina: It’s an introduction to a group of people who are all interested in playwriting!
Somalia: It is a safe place to share, grow and further cultivate imaginations.
Rory: Giving a tremendously exciting group of new artists the confidence to write the brilliant thing only they can write.
Stef: A safe place for experimentation and the chance to create or add to a writing practice that can be as unique as everyone in the room.
Why is it important to you?
Somalia: Because I get to join other writers as they further interrogate their reasons for creating theatre. I get to walk alongside them as they get really clear on their own unique way of telling stories.
Rory: I reckon hearing an original voice hit the air for the very first time is the most thrilling thing you can experience in a theatre. Emboldening and inspiring a group to lift each other up towards that goal is massively emboldening and inspiring for me too.
Stef: We are storytellers and it’s intoxicating to hear new stories from new voices. It’s always a joy to meet other writers and to hear the different ways people express their ideas, passions and processes. At its best it feels like it’s an entirely shared experience of reflection and growth. It’s a programme that fosters friendships and creative conversation.
Sabrina: I did the equivalent course 10 years ago and I met some of the absolute best people – both friends and colleagues that I still work with or hang out with now. They were the first people in my life I met who liked theatre and wanted to write for it too – I think that is so important at the early stage, having people you can chat to about theatre and what writing for it means to you, the stuff you detest, the stuff you love, the stuff you wish you’d seen.
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The closing date for applications to our Introduction to Playwriting groups is Friday 31 July at midday. To find out more click here.