Insight Workshops

Insight Workshops offer an in-depth look at current Royal Court productions. Work with a member of the creative team and explore the writing & rehearsal process and themes of the play. The workshops are free but booking is required and limited to one ticket per person. Booking opens two weeks in advance of each event at noon.

*Workshops for under 26s are exclusive to Young Court Friends. To join the Young Court Friends scheme for free, click here.

To find out more about Insight Workshops contact [email protected]

Past Insight Workshops:

Led by Hole writer Ellie Kendrick, the workshops will look at exploring different forms and perspectives in the retelling of myths. A practical workshop incorporating writing exercises and an insight into the playwriting/theatre making process of Hole. Ellie took part in the Young Writers’ Programme, and an invitational group led by E.V. Crowe in 2016, during which this play was written.
Young Court Friends* ages 16-18 | Wed 12 Dec, 6pm-7.30pm
Young Court Friends* ages 19-25 | Thu 13 Dec, 6pm-7.30pm
Ages 26+ | Fri 14 Dec, 6pm-7.30pm

Poet in da Corner
Led by Poet in da Corner writer Debris Stevenson, exploring music, poetry and lyricism through highlighting the links between writing music and theatre. For this workshop it is encouraged to bring headphones and a selection of songs to listen to. If you are unable to bring these along, they will be provided for you.}
Young Court Friends* ages 14-18 | Mon 15 Oct, 6pm-7.30pm
Young Court Friends* ages 19-25 | Wed 17 Oct, 6pm-7.30pm
Ages 26+ | Fri 19 Oct, 6pm-7.30pm

The Woods
Led by Robert Alan Evans, writer of The Woodsand Lucy Morrison, Royal Court Associate Director and director of The Woods. The workshops will explore the form of the fairytale, looking at why fairytales endure and how they can be used as theatrical devices.
Young Court Friends* ages 16-25 | Thu 20 Sep, 6pm-7.30pm
Ages 26+ | Thu 4 Oct, 6pm-7.30pm

Led by Sam Pritchard, Royal Court Associate Director and director of Pity, the workshop will focus on staging of this “fabulously bizarre-looking” (Time Out) play.
Young Court Friends* ages 14-18 | Fri 27 Jul, 6pm-7.30pm
Young Court Friends* ages 19-25 | Mon 23 Jul, 6pm-7.30pm
Ages 26+ | Wed 25 Jul, 6pm-7.30pm

One For Sorrow
Led by One For Sorrow writer Cordelia Lynn, this is a unique opportunity to experience her work first hand. Cordelia received the 2017 Pinter Commission and made her Royal Court debut in 2015 with Lela & Co.
Ages 19-25 | Fri 29 Jun, 6-7.30pm 
Ages 26+ | Tue 3 Jul, 6-7.30pm
Young Court Friends* Ages 14-18 | Mon 16 Jul, 6-7.30pm

The Prudes
Led by The Prudes writer & director Anthony Neilson, this is a unique opportunity to experience his work first hand. Anthony’s previous work at the Royal Court includes Unreachable, The Get Out.
Ages 26+ | Mon 14 May, 7.30pm – 9pm
Young Court Friends* ages 18-25 | Fri 18 May,  6pm – 7.30pm

Instructions for Correct Assembly
Royal Court Associate Director and director of Instructions for Correct Assembly Hamish Pirie leads workshops on directing.
Young Court Friends ages 14-18 | Mon 23 Apr, 6 – 7.30pm
Young Court Friends ages 19-25 | Wed 25 Apr,  6 – 7.30pm
Ages 26+ | Fri 27 Apr, 7 – 8.30pm

Black Men Walking
Thu 5 Apr, 6pm – 7.30pm
Rehearsal Room, Royal Court Theatre
Spoken word poet, rapper and writer of Black Men Walking, Testament leads a workshop exploring writing and using spoken word, poetry and rap in a performance context. Free but booking required. For people aged 18-26 only.

Wed 28 Feb 2018, 7pm – 8.30pm
Rehearsal Room, Royal Court Theatre
A writing workshop led by Gundog writer Simon Longman. Simon took part in the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writer’s Programme in 2013 and has since won the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme. His produced work includes White Sky (Royal Court/RWCMD), Sparks (Old Red Lion) and Milked (Pentabus).

My Mum’s a Twat
Tue 16 Jan 2018
A workshop led by My Mum’s A Twat director Jude Christian discussing the context of the play and exploring writing monologues and autobiographies.

Goats and The Media
Fri 8 Dec 2017
A workshop led by Young Court workshop leader Ellie Fulcher contextualising Liwaa Yazji’s Goats and exploring the media’s influence on the public.