Chichester Young Playwrights open to submissions (age 16-25)

Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) and New Writing South (NWS) are teaming up for a sixth year to run the inspirational and influential Chichester Young Playwrights!

CFT and NWS will select 16 young writers aged between 16- 25 year olds to help them develop their knowledge and skill as playwrights.

You will work with a professional playwright across a series of 10 sessions to turn your ideas and passion into drama in the context of a producing theatre. You will experience what it is to work in the industry and meet with other theatre professionals.

One of the remarkable strengths of Chichester Young Playwrights programme is the connections and associations made. Recently the group have met with Lucy Prebble (Enron, The Effect), Steve Harper (Theatre 503), Steven Atkinson (High Tide) and Julian Mitchell (Another Country). Previous visiting artists have included award-winning playwrights such as Ronald Harwood, Chloe Moss,Dennis Kelly, Bryony Lavery.

A focus of the Young Playwright Programme is Playpod where CFT/NWS select six short scenes from the Young Playwrights, and are given rehearsed readings by company actors as a Festival Event.

Schedule:  The CYP dates for 2014/15 are as follows:

Selection workshop – Saturday 20 September, 2 – 4pm

Sessions, Saturdays 11am – 1pm.

Oct 11 Jan 10, 2015
Oct 25 Jan 24
Nov 8 Feb 7
Nov 22 Feb 21
Dec 6 March 7

All of the workshops will take place at Chichester Festival Theatre.

What to submit:  Please send:

  • A short paragraph on why you would like to take part in the programme
  • A maximum of two A4 sides of creative writing on a subject of your choice.

This can be in script format, or could be a short story or poem.

How to apply:  Email or post with your name, age, address and contact number to:

Debo Amon, 
New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT.


Deadline:  Monday 15 September 2014 at 5pm

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

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