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 – 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.

11am – 1pm on Friday 27 April – Story and Theme on Screen – Fully Booked
Led by our Resident Playwright Dare Aiyegbayo (EastEnders; Waterloo Road) this workshop tackles screenwriting. It will explore a number of commonly recognised story types and how they play out on screen. It will then consider how different themes add meaning to screenplays.


You can catch up on all past workshops here: