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Paptango Theatre Company

GoWrite - Playwriting workshops

from Papatango Theatre Company

The multi-award-winning Papatango return to Ovalhouse with their GoWrite programme of free playwriting workshops!

  • Saturdays 23 Feb, 9 Mar and 30 Mar

Running time: 3 hours

Venue: Café Bar

Papatango run free opportunities to uncover, nurture and launch new playwrights. Their discoveries have won BAFTA, OffWestEnd, Royal National Theatre and Alfred Fagon awards and premiered worldwide and in the West End. Their recent book Being A Playwright: A Career Guide for Writers has been called "a bible for playwrights" (Steve Waters, playwright and UEA lecturer in Creative Writing) and "an excellent tool for playwrights" (Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of KIln Theatre).


As places are limited, we request that you only book to attend one of the workshops, in order that as many people as possible can access this opportunity.

23 February, 11am - 1pm
Join Papatango's Chris Foxon and George Turvey for a breakdown of how to build a playwriting career, from training to showcasing to making connections and pitching for opportunities. 


9 March, 11am - 1pm
Papatango's George Turvey explores the principles of dramaturgy, what it means and how scripts are developed and edited, and what a writer's relationship with collaborators looks like.


30 March, 11am - 1pm
Tom Brennan from The Wardrobe Ensemble investigates collaborative models of playwriting, with a few practical exercises for generating scenes and stories within groups. We'll discuss how to build healthy and democratic devising rooms and how to structure and direct devised work. Suitable for performers, writers and directors. We'll be working on our feet, but no performance experience is necessary!


There are a limited number of travel bursaries to enable people outside of London to access the workshops. To apply please book a place on a workshop then email with the date of the workshop you have booked, an explanation of why you need a bursary and the amount you are applying for to cover travel costs. They will respond as soon as possible; if the bursary is not granted it will be up to you to confirm whether you still wish to attend or not.


  • Sat 23 Feb, 11:00am
  • Sat 9 Mar, 11:00am
  • Sat 30 Mar, 11:00am

Additional information

Please note that some parts of some workshops may be filmed and shared online for wider access, but no participants will ever be recorded.

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