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503Studio: Write Your First Short Play

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Five Tuesday sessions from Tuesday 1 June – June 22, a weeks break for writing and a final session 6 July, 7 – 9.30pm. 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.

The short play can be one of the most exciting in dramatic writing – and is a great place to start if you’re just starting out. On this practical course, Chloe Todd Fordham will take you through all the essential elements of crafting a short play, leading to a sharing of work in the final week. This friendly workshop series, which will involve inclusive in-class writing exercises, will support writers to discover an idea for a short play or develop an existing one, with a focus on key craft elements such as character, story, dialogue and theatricality.

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.

Chloe Todd Fordham is a theatre writer from London.

Her work for theatre explores intimate human relationships as well as big global stories. It aims to amplify the voices of those who are denied one, to be inclusive and accessible, to incite change, and to connect our communities with stories with heart.

She’s a Sphinx30 writer, a Judges Award Bruntwood Prize winner, a Royal Court Theatre young writer and a former 503Five writer (2015-16). Her work has been shortlisted for the WiT Award and Theatre503’s Playwriting Award and has been presented to audiences at the Hampstead Theatre, Theatre503, Milton Keynes Gallery, National Theatre, VAULT Festival and Small Truth Theatre’s Kensington Karavan.

She also works as a dramaturg and has taught playwriting workshops with Synergy Theatre Project, University of Herts for the Arts, Talawa and at Graeae, where she worked as Literary Manager.


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