Creative Writing

New Views


Are you a budding Playwright? Do you want to learn more about playwriting and work with professional playwrights and directors?

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 will 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 NT will be partnering with Theatre Royal Wakefield, to deliver this free project in Wakefield. 



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. Sessions are led by a professional director and writer.

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.

Each week with you will learn about playwriting through:

  • A dynamic online writing course featuring filmed interviews with NT playwrights
  • Practical writing exercises
  • Provocations for discussion and playwriting, including films, articles and essays exploring different themes and the connection between theatre and politics

Until then, you can find out more about our New Views programme and competition on our website (which we will be updating very soon) here:

If you’re interested in taking part in the New Views’ Theatre Royal Wakefield Hub please click here for our FAQs and more information.

If you have any questions about the programme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Box Office: 01924 211 311

Minicom (text-type users): 01924 215 522

Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2TE

Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894.