An Introduction to Playwriting September 2017

Course Details

What's the course about?
The course offers an introduction to some of the skills and techniques needed to write for theatre, as well as insights into the new writing industry in the UK and the process of moving a play from the page to the stage. Over the duration of the course, students will:

  • Learn how good plays are constructed through various exercises and discussions
  • Study existing texts
  • Begin work on a play of their own
  • See their work performed by actors
  • Receive one-to-one feedback on their progress
  • Gain an understanding of the business of being a playwright

What experience do I need?
None - all that's required is an enthusiasm for plays and playwriting. The course is perfect for total beginners, unperformed playwrights at the start of their careers, and those who have professional writing experience in other mediums.

What's covered in the course?
Some of the topics we'll look at are:

  • Who are you writing for? Genre, playwriting fashions, and the outlets for a new play.
  • Constructing a narrative. The building blocks of structure.
  • What makes a scene? Economy, subtext and internal dynamics.
  • Style, rhythm and tone. Writing in a range of linguistic modes.
  • Character. Writing vivid three-dimensional characters.
  • Learning from the best. Study and analysis of classic plays.

Who is teaching the course?
The course tutor is playwright and director Franklyn McCabe, who is a RADA graduate. In the last 18 months he has had commissions from The Bush Theatre, Arts Council, The Nightingale and Hydrocracker. Recent work includes Red Sea Fish (Brighton Dome and 59E59 Theaters, New York), and Ten Men - The Lives of John Bindon (The Old Market, Hove and Rich Mix, London). Frank is one of the BBC WritersRoom 10 for 2014/15.

Performed Readings
The performed readings for the current course take place at The Lantern Theatre on the 3rd & 4th June 2017. If you would like to attend the performance please eamil the office -

Course Dates
The next course is scheduled to start in September 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed). If you would like to register your interest to join the course please email the office You may also apply via the application form and pay the deposit and we will confirm the dates with you as soon as they are published.

Current Course Dates: January - June 2017
Course Structure: The course is structured to allow time for students to write and rehearse.

Unit 1:
Sunday 8th January 10am-4pm
Mondays 16th January - 27th February 7pm-10pm
Sunday 5th March 10am-4pm

Unit 2:
Mondays 17th April - 1st May 7pm-10pm
Performed readings 3rd & 4th June 2017 @ The Lantern Theatre.

Course Fees: £350.00

The Academy Of Creative Training reserves the right to alter the advertised course and course content.