Young Friends of the Almeida running writer development workshops (13-25 year olds)



The Young Friends of the Almeida’s Creative Board are producing a series of artistic development workshops for writers, directors and stage managers. In this series of workshops they are focusing on equipping emerging writers with the tools needed to actively pursue a career in the arts. They are therefore offering 12 of you the chance to participate in 8 skill-building sessions.

You will train under the guidance of a professional writer, where you will develop a short script over the course of the workshops and receive advice from specialists on your work. This piece of new writing will respond to traditional devices and themes of Ancient Greek literature. We welcome writers of all disciplines and styles, including those who are interested in writing for multiple art forms such as dance, spoken word and performance art.

On completion of these workshops, 5 of the 12 scripts will be commissioned in our summer project of new writing, produced by the YFA Creative Board, as part of the Almeida’s upcoming Greek Season. If selected for the project, each of the 5 chosen YFA writers will be assigned to a company made up of one YFA director and one YFA stage manager, who will have undergone similar training in artistic development workshops, to collaborate with you in the staging and production of your script. The Directors and Stage Management workshops will be announced at a later date.

We are looking for writers with a strong desire to develop their craft, and who would greatly benefit from being a part of these skill development workshops. A vast amount of previous experience is not necessary, we are more concerned with how you as a writer would benefit from these workshops, not what you have done in the past.

Workshop Dates (Applicants must be available to attend every session, which will be held at the Almeida Theatre Rehearsal Room, 108 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN)

Wednesday 6th May 6.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday 9th May 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday 13th May 6.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday 16th May 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday 20th May 6.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday 23rd May 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday 26th May Meet & Greet 6pm – 7pm
Wednesday 27th 6.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday 30th May 2pm – 5pm

Summer Project Dates (if selected)
Rehearsals W/C 27th July
Performances W/C 3rd August


Application: To Apply please fill out the form here:
Please fill in the form and submit one side of A4 of your own writing to with the subject: YFA Writers Supporting Material – Your Name.

Please note you need sign up to be a Young Friend of the Almeida (ages 13 – 25) to participate in these workshops.

Deadline: Monday 13th April at 5pm.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.

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