Sixth Form Playwriting in collaboration with the National Theatre!
Since December, a group of eleven students and I have been meeting weekly to follow the National Theatre's New Views Playwriting programme http://www.new-views.tv/ , learning how to write a play and then entering the final drafts into the NT's competition.
We have been fortunate to work with professional playwright Elinor Cook who has come into school twice over the course: once to deliver a creative ideas generating workshop, and a second time to give all eleven students one to one feedback on their first drafts. As part of the programme we were also given tickets to attend a performance of 'Amadeus' at the National to inspire the writing process.
The final plays are read by a team of theatre professionals at the National Theatre and a long list is created before a short list is drawn up later in the month. We're thrilled to let you know that out of the 306 scripts submitted across the country, Hannah and Savannah in Year 12 have been long-listed! This is a huge achievement and we will keep our fingers crossed that they make the short list!
All eleven of the students taking part in the project have worked tirelessly, resiliently and imaginatively on their plays and each student has produced an original, political and purposeful piece of modern drama. They all deserve massive congratulations and are very likely to be playwrights of the future!
Hannah in Year 12 writes:
New Views gave me the space, guidance and confidence to write a play, and be willing to fail. Over the past months, Miss Silver taught us a whole new way of writing – from the layout on the page to long discussions about sexuality and history, violence and the EU…We looked at contemporary drama from Simon Stephens to Michaela Coel, got advice on our first drafts from the playwright Elinor Cook, experimented constantly and ate large amounts of cake. It’s been invaluable, and a lot of fun.