Playwriting Courses

Papatango are delivering playwriting courses with the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton (June – November 2019) and the Barbican Theatre in partnership with Plymouth Athenaeum (December 2019 – April 2020).

For each course, 18 writers will be selected to take part in workshops on all the key elements of playwriting, become part of a writing network, and complete their own new play. One of the plays will then be picked for a staged reading at the venue, with a professional cast and completely free for a local audience.

How to apply

Dates of the course at each venue are below. If you can guarantee to be available for ALL of these and want to hone your playwriting skills, please email with the subject line: “[Your Name] Writers’ Course” and state the location of the course you would like to apply for. Then add a 200 word letter explaining why you’d like to take part. No prior experience is necessary, but we would like to know what you hope to gain from the course and what kind of story you’d like to tell.


The Taunton course is now fully booked.


Plymouth: the dates of the workshops are 6pm – 9pm on Mondays 9 December 2019, 13 January 2020, 10 February 2020, 16 March 2020, and a day TBC in the week commencing 27 April 2020. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Thursday 7 November 2019. These sessions will all be held at Plymouth Athenaeum.

We will contact all entrants within a week of the deadline.