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503Studio: Roy Williams

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503Studio Masterclass: Identity in the Rewriting Process

In this masterclass, Roy Williams will begin with the question to himself, “am I a Black playwright?” as a point of departure in sharing everything he has learnt and everything he wished he knew at the start of his career about what it means to be a playwright and of the rewriting process, using his 2007 play Days of Significance as a springboard. Together you will explore and discuss who we are as individuals as well as writers and the importance of those in your stance in the rehearsal room and development.

Participants are encouraged to come to the session with some questions in mind – big or small, specific or general. Roy is there to help.

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.

Time: 7 – 9.30pm

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered online. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

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

Photo by: Robert Day

Roy Williams is a leading playwright, dramatist and screenwriter

In 2000 he was the joint-winner of the George Devine Award and in 2001 he was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List.

His plays include an adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Pilot Theatre/UK tour); Sucker Punch (Royal Court – Olivier Award nomination for Best Play, Joint winner Alfred Fagon Award 2010); Category B (Kiln); Angel House
(Eclipse Theatre/UK tour); Days of Significance (RSC); Joe Guy (Soho Theatre/Tiata Fahodzi); There’s Only One Wayne Matthews (Polka Theatre); Baby Girl (National Theatre Connections); Wildefire (Hampstead Theatre) Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith); Little Sweet Thing (Nottingham Playhouse/Eclipse Theatre UK tour); Slow Time (National Theatre Education); Fallout (Royal Court); Sing Yer Heart Out For the Lads (National Theatre); Clubland (Royal Court); The Gift (Birmingham Rep/Tricycle); Local Boy (Hampstead Theatre); Lift Off (Royal Court); Starstruck (Tricycle – Winner of John Whiting Award, Alfred Fagon Award, 1997); The No-Boys Cricket Club and Kingston 14 (both Theatre Royal, Stratford East); an adaptation of Antigone (Pilot Theatre/UK tour); Soul: The Untold Story of Marvin Gaye (Royal & Derngate Northampton/Hackney Empire co-production) The Firm (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) Death Of England (National Theatre) Death Of England: Delroy (National Theatre).

Radio work includes adaptations of ER Braithwaite’s A Choice of Straws and To Sir With Love, John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos, The Likes of Us (Radio 3), as well as eight series of The Interrogation for BBC Radio 4.

TV and film work includes Fallout (Channel 4);  Babyfather (BBC); Offside (BBC), Let It Snow (Sky One); Soon Gone: The Windrush Chronicles (BBC); and Fast Girls (DJ Films).




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