Free workshops and competition for budding Brixton playwrights

Local theatre company Sixteenfeet Productions are teaming up with Brixton Library to present three free play writing workshops as part of the twelfth Lambeth Readers and Writers festival, which runs throughout May.

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Sixteenfeet Productions – known locally for their al fresco summer plays in Brockwell Park – have joined forces with Lambeth Libraries and Clapham’s Omnibus arts centre to put on a series of free play writing workshops for anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough.

The project, called ‘From Page to Stage’,  is designed to “follow the different phases of a playwright’s creative life, from the first word to the first rehearsal.” You can find more details about each workshop below.

Sixteenfeet Productions have another great opportunity for budding Brixton playwrights – their Lambeth-wide competition FirstDraft. This competition will offer six lucky winners the chance to showcase their work. The deadline is 23rd April – find out how you can submit your play by visiting their website.


Scriptwriter Andy Walsh will be leading the first workshop
Scriptwriter Andy Walsh leads a workshop

Talking stories – a script-writing workshop for beginner and intermediate level writers
7:30-9pm, Friday 1st May at Brixton Library

Working with local, award-winning scriptwriter Andrew S. Walsh, whose credits include Byker Grove, Emmerdale, and Brockwell Park’s Wind in the Willows), this workshop will give you the chance to learn the essentials of script-writing and the opportunity to create some script samples that bring a story and character to life.

The nuts and bolts of getting started as a writer in the theatre  
7-8:30pm, Friday 22nd May at Brixton Library

Local resident Brian Walters will be running a workshop on the practicalities of being a playwright. He is currently Deputy Literary Manager at the National Theatre, a role which involves researching revival plays for possible production, developing plays with writers and arranging placements for

The National Theatre's Brian Walters leads another workshop
The National Theatre’s Brian Walters leads another workshop

writers at the National Theatre Studio. Brian has also worked in the literary department at Hampstead Theatre, the Bush Theatre and Paines Plough.

Rehearsal room experience
7-8.30pm, Tuesday 26th May at Omnibus Clapham

This workshop will cover what you might experience once a theatre company has commissioned your play. You will sit in on the first day of rehearsals in the role of playwright with Omnibus Artistic Director Marie McCarthy and two actors taking you through an example of a rehearsal process, including questions actors might ask, how actors approach new writing and how to go about carrying out rewrites in the rehearsal room.



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