In 2018/19 Theatre Royal Wakefield partnered with the National Theatre, to deliver this free project for the first time in Wakefield. The New Views Theatre Royal Wakefield Hub ran weekly sessions during the autumn and spring terms working with local young people to write their own play script by the end of the project. Four members of the group submitted finished scripts and were all longlisted in the national competition. We are very proud of the hard work of all the participants who took part this year and look forward to working with a new cohort for 2019/20.
National Theatre New Views project is an annual playwriting programme for 14-19 year olds. Each year hundreds of students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the business and write their own 30 minute plays, with one play chosen to be staged at the NT with a professional cast. Participants have the chance to develop their creative writing skills, work with professional writers and directors, see live theatre and receive personal one-to-one feedback on their work.
The programme breaks down into two core components:
1. A writing programme of workshops and group discussions examining character, dialogue, stagecraft and story (to name just a few) which takes place at Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Centre for Creativity, including a visit to a professional production (show and date tbc) Sessions are led by a professional playwright and professional director.
2. A national playwriting competition where all students taking part in the programme are eligible to enter their work following editorial advice from professional playwrights. The shortlisted playwrights will have the opportunity to have their play performed as a rehearsed reading at the NT, with the winning play being performed in the Dorfman theatre with a professional cast and creative team.
Until then, you can find out more about the New Views programme and national playwriting competition here: www.new-views.tv
If you’re interested in taking part in the next New Views Theatre Royal Wakefield Hub or have any questions regarding the project, please contact Janine Heseltine.