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The Stage Write Playwright Development Programme returns to Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre in February 2021.

The free programme aims to help writers to develop their skills, work on their own scripts and produce work that will appeal to audiences and producers.

The programme is open to all writers with a wide range of styles and is open for applications to anyone living or studying in Merseyside.

To apply, applicants need to submit a ten page sample of writing for theatre. Applications close on Monday 30th November 2020.

All entries will be read and shortlisted candidates will be invited for a chat with the Stage Write Team, either online or face to face.

The Stage Write Playwright Development Programme begins in February 2021 and will meet two evenings a month for nine months.

The Course is facilitated by Karen Brown, a professional screen, stage and radio writer.

In addition to the programme, Stage Write have facilitated their Stage Write Nights at Liverpool’s Royal Court since November 2018. Work developed at these nights and performed at the theatre include Masquerade, My Fairfield Lady and Yellow Breck Road.

Nick Broadhead, who took part in the course in 2020, said:

“I can highly recommend this course, which transformed my approach to play writing. From the very first session, I felt that the Royal Court was investing in us all, to develop our potential as writers.

In addition to learning the skills required to write plays, we were also given very useful practical guidance on how to pitch what we had written, to achieve the ultimate objective of seeing our work performed”.

To find out more and to apply, please visit Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre Website.