Adult Workshops


GoWrite provides two playwriting workshops every month for adults without professional theatre experience. These cover a wide range of skills and are led by Papatango artists including Dawn King (OffWestEnd Award winner and writer of Foxfinder, one of The Independent’s Top 5 Plays of the Year), David Mercatali (a leading director of new work especially known for his collaborations with Philip Ridley), and May Sumbwanyambe (Papatango’s first Resident Playwright and 2016 Alfred Fagon Audience Award winner).

Workshops are hosted at venues across London. Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis. To book a place on a workshop email us on Please use the subject “Playwriting Workshop” and state your name and the workshop date(s) you wish to attend. We will confirm your place as soon as possible.

Two bursaries to cover travel costs of up to £100 are available for each workshop. To apply for a bursary, please send us a letter of not more than 300 words answering the question ‘What difference would this workshop make to you?’ and including your relevant travel information. Please send applications no later than one week before the date of the workshop you wish to join to

Upcoming workshops:

11am – 1pm on Thursday 15 March in central London – Fully Booked

‘Figures in a Landscape’ – playwriting as a way of thinking about space, place and ecology.

Steve Waters is a playwright whose work includes The Contingency Plan staged at the Bush Theatre in 2009 and described by Time Out as ‘the first and best play about climate change’, and Temple (2015) and Limehouse (2017), both at the Donmar Warehouse.  He has also written ‘The Secret Life of Plays’, and runs the Scriptwriting MA at the University of East Anglia

10am – 12pm on Wednesday 4 April – Writing A One Person Show – Fully Booked
Samantha Potter, Papatango’s 2015 Resident Playwright and author of our hit play Hanna, will lead a session on writing one person plays. With a rise in competitions for monologues, and many more one person shows touring, interest in this form has never been higher. Sam will discuss how to approach its technical challenges and how to sustain a single role.

11am – 12.30pm on Saturday 14 April – How Producers Choose Their Plays – Fully Booked
What opportunities are available to early career playwrights? Competitions, scratch nights, readings – how are they helpful and how do they work? Bush Theatre producer Jessica Campbell – former producer of Theatre503 – discusses the various forms of showcases for new plays and how theatres on the fringe and beyond programme their work.


You can catch up on all past workshops here: