Bruntwood Prize 2017 announces free online workshop programme

The Bruntwood Prize – the biggest playwriting competition in the UK – has announced its 2017 live online workshop programme, which should help you get your scripts ready before the June deadline.

Bruntwood says: “We’re pleased to announce our 2017 live online workshop programme, and for the first time we will offer three international workshops in Australia, India and New York.

“These free workshops, led by prominent figures working internationally in theatre, are open to anyone and offer a chance for budding playwrights to develop their craft.”

Who’s involved? Workshop leaders will include; the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks; associate artist of Third Angel and the Royal Exchange, Chris Thorpe; agent and dramaturg, Mel Kenyon; and previous Bruntwood Prize winner and 2017 judge, Phil Porter.

Where are the workshops coming from? The five UK-based workshops will be hosted at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, who co-founded the Prize with the Bruntwood property group in 2005. The international partners will be Playwriting Australia at The Arts Exchange in Sydney, James Madison University in Delhi and the Public Theater in New York City.

How do I get to see them? The workshops will be live streamed at where there will also be a chance to interact via social media. All workshops will later be available as a free resource tool for anyone to access afterwards.


APRIL de ANGELIS | Ambition, Scale, Honesty & Imagination
1 March, 6pm-8pm

OMAR EL-KHAIRY | Research and Political Writing: from Responsibility to Representation
16 March, 6pm-8pm

RACHEL DE-LAHAY | Character, Journey & Dialogue
23 March, 6pm-8pm

ABHISHEK MAJUMDAR | Playwriting on the Indian Subcontinent
8 April, 12.30-2.20pm GMT

PHIL PORTER | Make them Laugh
11 April, 6pm-8pm

CHRIS THORPE | Writing Collaboratively, Writing for Performance, Performing your Work
26 April, 6pm-8pm

JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH | Life Experience & the Dramatic Journey
4 May, 6pm-8pm GMT

20 May, 7pm-9pm GMT 

MEL KENYON | Re-Drafting & Taking Notes
24 May, 6pm-8pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

4 thoughts on “Bruntwood Prize 2017 announces free online workshop programme”

    1. Hi David, the Bruntwood normally runs every two years, so the competition probably won’t be returning until 2019. Thanks!

        1. Hi there, the Bruntwood Prize has already run this year and just announced its winner, but should be back in 2019, so you will have the opportunity to apply again in the future.

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