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Free playwright programme starts in January

LIVERPOOL’S Royal Court is continuing its search for new script writing talent with a brand new Playwright Development Programme and they are looking for writers to take part.

Since November 2018, the theatre has been running the Stage Wright Nights in the Royal Court studio. These are nights where scripts can be submitted to be read by professional actors under the guidance of a professional director.

The Stage Write Nights have been the starting point for a number of studio and main house productions including: Masquerade, Pig, Knee Deep in Promises, My Fairfield Lady and Yellow Breck Road.

In a bid to find more new writers the Stage Write team, led by Producer Jess Bolger, are looking for people to join the new Playwright Development Programme. With the help of professional writers and directors, this programme is all about developing writing skills and creating exciting new work for production.

Facilitated by Karen Brown, a professional screen, stage and radio writer, the course will begin in January 2020 and will meet two evenings a month for nine months. The programme is completely free and is open to anyone living or studying in Merseyside.

To apply for the course, individuals will need to submit a ten-page sample of writing for theatre. All entries will be read and shortlisted candidates will be invited for a chat with the Stage Write team.

Jess Bolger, is keen to get the course underway: “The Stage Write Nights have been a really good way for us to see new writing talent and this Development Programme will give writers the opportunity to take their work to another level. This is a chance for anybody out there who has written a script but is still keen to enhance their skills and make their work more appealing to producers and audiences. We are looking for a wide range of styles as we are not looking for something that will necessarily be produced here, we are more interested in developing individuals.”

The course application closing date is Monday 25 November 2019.

Writers can contact or go to for more details.

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