Designed to give students a taste of both playwriting and professional theatre-making, our Writing a Monologue programme not only complements the Drama and English curriculum but also encourages creative thinking and confidence, empowering young people to tell their own stories and become performed and published writers. The workshops are led by award-winning playwrights with a passion for sharing their experience and knowledge with young people.
Over three interactive sessions, students are taken step-by-step through the playwriting process to develop a character from scratch and to structure and write their very own short monologue. The scripts are then published as printed playtexts, with a copy for each student, and performed for the group in an online rehearsed reading by professional actors.
We provide a comprehensive Teacher Toolkit in advance, which includes lesson plans, student worksheets and other supporting materials.
We work closely with teachers, support staff, charities and youth organisations to ensure that our workshops are accessible and inclusive. We have delivered the programme within a range of specialist settings, including SEN schools and Pupil Referral Units.
The programme is supported by the John Lyon's Charity and Arts Council England and is completely free of charge to schools!
Note: the workshops are currently being delivered live online via Zoom (or a similar platform) with full digital safeguarding procedures in place. We hope to resume face-to-face delivery in winter 2021.
“The sessions, from the playwriting to performance, are invaluable. You are enabling students who are often told that they have ‘no creative talent’ to see what potential as storytellers lies within them. They love working with industry professionals who will provide them with their own published plays and the opportunity to see their work performed by professional actors.” (Teacher)
“The students really enjoyed watching back their plays. They were not completely confident in their writing but I think having the actors take their plays so seriously gave them a real confidence boost.” (Teacher)
On completion of our Writing a Monologue programme, schools are offered a one-to-one follow-up meeting with our Education Officer, to discuss other playwriting and drama opportunities and resources for their students.
We currently offer teacher-led versions of our Writing a Monologue and Writing a One Act Play programmes – delivered entirely by teaching staff with lesson plans, student worksheets and other supporting materials provided by Papatango – and are in the process of developing a range of supplementary resources for launch in 2022.