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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme: Being a Playwright with Roy Williams

Written by Roy Williams
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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme Course: Writing for TV: Being a Playwright with Roy Williams

In this session Roy will talk about his work and career and offer guidance on being a playwright from his own extensive experience. This will include a practical example of revisiting your own work and discussion around first play, first commission, co-to writing a trilogy, writing for bigger stages and whatever questions you have about writing and the industry.

This session is part of our In-Person Writers’ Programme Weekend across Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June at what will be the 503Studio at Nine Elms!

The 503Studio will be opening fully in late Spring 2025. Currently, the space is still a work-in-progress and the building is still a ‘shell’, it is carpeted with full power and is wheelchair accessible. You can find out more the 503Studio at Nine Elms here.

By purchasing a ticket for all three Sunday sessions, you will be able to unlock a discounted price of £99 for the full day of sessions!

Thanks to 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 Writers Programme. If you would like to book a Share The Drama bursary for the Writer’s Programme, please call our box office on 02079787040.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know by contacting You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page.

Dates: Sunday 9th June 2024

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Running time of workshop: 2 hours – delivered in-person at the 503Studio at Nine Elms. Maximum class sizes are 16. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

Roy Williams

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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