Opportunities for young writers

Submissions for Chichester Young Playwrights are open!

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Josie Melia with 2012/13 young playwrights

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. 

CYP dates 2014/15

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.

To apply, 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.

Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 18 September 2014

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

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

Email: debo@newritingsouth.com


Volunteer Stewards needed at the Writers' Place

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We need some help!  We've got a packed programme at The Writers' Place including great guest speakers, magic live poetry, readings and much more - could you help to make everything run perfectly by volunteering as a NWS steward.

Stewarding will involve welcoming guests to the Writers' Place, managing the door and bar, helping sort any problems and ensuring excellent customer care.  Of course you'll get to see the show too and receive invites to other NWS events.

You must be at least 18 years of age, and there is no maximum age limit.  To apply,  email us with your details in the first instance.