National Theatre Course: Developing your Play with Jemma Kennedy (£450, bursaries available)


Ten week course
Every Wednesday from 16 March until 19 May 2016, 10am – 1pm
12 places available
Clore Learning Centre
£450 (£360 concessions, bursaries available)

About the course:

A practical course on developing the craft of playwriting, led by Jemma Kennedy.

This course is designed for writers with some previous experience who are working on a draft of a play. Through structured feedback, and working in a small group, each student is invited to bring in material to be discussed in a dedicated 75-minute feedback session. Using completed scenes or plot outlines, participants can focus on what will be most useful to them. Sessions will also include writing exercises designed to help participants solve problems with their scripts.

In the final session, the group will be joined by a guest speaker playwright Suhayla El-Bushra (The Suicide).

Led by Jemma Kennedy

About the workshop leader:

Jemma Kennedy has been writing for the stage since 2004 when she was placed in the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Write 2 Playwriting Competition. She was awarded a Jerwood Arvon Young Playwright’s Apprenticeship in 2006 and was Pearson Playwright at the National Theatre Studio in 2010. Her recent plays include The Prince and the Pauper and The Summer Book, adapted from the novel by Tove Jansson, both at the Unicorn Theatre; The Grand Irrationality at Lost Theatre Studio, Los Angeles; Don’t Feed the Animals for National Theatre Connections 2013; Second Person Narrative for Tonic Theatre’s Platform play series; and The Gift for the New Vic Theatre as part of their 2015 Hoard Festival. She is currently under commission to the National Theatre.

Jemma Kennedy’s first feature film Captain Webb (Marathon Films) was released in 2015 and she is currently adapting Barbara Pym’s novel Excellent Women for the BBC and Raindog Films. She has taught many writing courses at MMU, City Lit and the Arvon Foundation, among others, and for theatres including the Tricycle and the Soho.

To find out more about Jemma Kennedy visit

For an additional cost participants will be able to see an NT production together. Details to be announced.

How to apply:

Applicants should have some previous experience in playwriting and demonstrate real ambition to develop their skills. Places will be allocated on the strength of applications. Twelve places are available, including a limited number of bursary places.

To apply please complete this form by 12 noon on Monday 1 February 2016.

Email if you have any queries.

Participants must be aged 18 or over.

Deadline:  1 February 2016

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

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