Project information

Enter Stage Write

The Big Idea is that we can provide entry level drama writing courses. Working with professional theatre practioners we want to give aspiring writers of drama the best chance possible to reach their potential.

16 weeks in totoal

Charity information: North West Playwrights

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  • Need


    Creative outlets for many people is snubbed at an early age. North West Playwrights aims to release the creative writer in those who can benefit from it, whether young, old, new or seasoned we are filling the need for support to writers of drama. North West Playwrights are specialists in this field and support networks such as ourselves are under serious threat under the new Spending Review, so it is more important than ever that we are able to continue with our work.


    We will facilitate and execute two separate writing courses in 2012 - 2013. One will be aimed at a BME group and the other one will be open to all applicants. We will engage professional playwrights to tutor the participants over an 8 week period, granting them the tools to be able to craft their play successfully. Through this mentorship the participants will gain confidence in their writing and an outlet for their creativity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To grant people the ability to craft a piece of drama


    » Introducing basic writing skills including character, dialogue and setting
    » Give critical feedback from industry professionals
    » To employ professional actors to bring the participants writing to life

    Success will be... the final peice of work they produce being presented by professional actors at a showcase facilitated by NWP

    Aim 2

    To introduce the participants to the professional industry of theatre


    » Introduce them to their lead tutor who will mentor them for 8 weeks
    » Enage industry professionals to have a conversation and workshop with the participants about writing as a professional
    » Introduce the participants to the varying aspects of theatre, including directing, stage managing and producing

    Success will be... a sustainable relationship with the industry professionals the participants have met during the writing course, and being inspired by them

    Aim 3

    To give the particpants the confidence and skills to develop their writing


    » Work closely with them and their lead tutor over 8 weeks to ensure sustained development in their writing
    » Encourage group feedback and collaboration on writing activities
    » Encourage each individual writer to challenge themselves and give them the experience of critical feedback in order to further their work.

    Success will be... seeing their writing and confidence in being a writer evolve over the 8 weeks, and to see ambition in them to continue with their writing development.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be to each individual initially - they will have been granted new skills and confidence to try something new. It might grant some of them the permission to change their careers and/or lifestyle. We will maintain relationships with the participants after the course and will remain a stable point of contact for them in the future. We will demonstrate the success of this project by inviting the participants to support future writing groups too.


    The risks involved are usually fiscal which might reduce accessibility. We will ensure we will be able to subsidise those in hardship in order to further our reach.


    We will create a report, including statements from the participants and tutors in order to document the project and say thank you to the donors. All donors will be innvited to any showcase or performance which comes out of the project. Donors will also be invited to read the scripts produced.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,930

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,100 Tutors 35hrs per course x 2
      £1,200 Venue hire (2 days per week x 8) x 2
      £680 Publicity & printing Marketing & distribution + resources for 2 courses
      £1,650 Actors Actors - 11 per course over 1 or 2 weekends
      £300 Director days Days for the directors to prepare and deliver workshops
  • Background


    As there will be two separate courses delivered over the year the location will vary depending on the needs of the participants. We intend one to be located within the NW in Central Lancashire as a BME targeted course and the second the be held in Liverpool or Manchester.


    The communities local to where we deliver our projects will benefit the most as we invite local applicants only. The greatest benefit will be felt directly to the individuals in the BME course where we will be providing a much needed cultural service.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    North West Playwrights has over 30 years of experience in delivering such projects. We know how to work best with different groups and have successfully delivered courses, classes and workshops alongside industry professionals for all of this time.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chris Bridgman

    Chris is the Director of North West Playwrights. With 10 years of experience within the company Chris is a very capable and enthusiastic tutor.

    Yvonne Sewell

    Yvonne is the Programmes Manager of North West Playwrights. Yvonne has been with NWP for over two years as a successful project manager.

    Lead Tutor

    NWP will employ a freelance theatre practioner to mentor the applicants through the 8 week course. The tutor will be highly skilled and experienced.


will help subsidise a potential writer