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503Studio: Introduction To Playwriting

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Five Monday sessions from Monday 10 May – 14 June, 7 – 9.30pm (one week break on bank holiday Monday, Monday 31 May). The sessions will take place over Zoom. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama bursary places.

Ifrah Ismail will lead this course to act as an introduction to the core aspects and approaches to playwriting. Over 5 sessions, Ifrah will guide writers through the key aspects of playwriting in an interactive and practical way. Alongside exploring theories, during each session, writers will take part in writing exercises and have the opportunity to share work in a supportive space.

Please note we cannot commit to an ongoing dramaturgical relationship with any pieces that may develop on this course, or commit to a production. However we will offer an open and honest discussion with all participants about possible next steps for their work, recommendations of other development opportunities that might be of benefit, and guidance to where their work may best be suited in terms of future engagement.

To be added to our waiting list, please sign up here (please note that some places have been held off sale to prioritise Share the Drama beneficiaries – see below)


Thanks to DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund and our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Summer Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

To express interest in a bursary place through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us.

To sign up for priority booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.

Ifrah Ismail is the New Work Producer at Talawa Theatre Company, responsible for finding and nurturing new and emerging artists and supporting the development of the theatre-makers that Talawa works with. As part of this role, she has recently produced radio plays for BBC Radio 4. Prior to joining Talawa, Ifrah was a Literary Assistant at The Bush Theatre, where she led the Young Writers’ Group, managed the open submissions and produced showcases and R&D’s. Ifrah freelances as a dramaturg and facilitator, and is currently working as a Workshop Leader for Bush Theatre’s West London Playwrights’ Group.


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