Schools Playwriting Programme

Our free creative learning programme for schools and young people offers a range of resources and opportunities to support state secondary schools, colleges and other youth settings to embed playwriting into their creative arts provision. Young people taking part in the programme have the opportunity to engage with industry professionals, develop their own creative voice, hone their creative thinking and writing skills, and build confidence.

The programme includes:

Playwriting workshops
Young Playwright’s Award
Teacher CPD opportunities
Education Packs for our Papatango New Writing Prize productions
Arts Award activities
Artsmark support

All of our opportunities are fully funded and free of charge to state schools and charitable organisations.

For further information about any of our opportunities for schools and young people, please email our Education Officer, Sarah Parkes, at
Playwriting Workshops

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)
How to book

Our opportunities are currently available to schools and colleges in the following regions:

South West of England
North West of England

If you would like to book the workshops for your school, please complete our School Workshop Booking Form and our Education Officer will be in touch with you soon. Note that the programme is designed for groups of up to 30 students, however we may occasionally be able to accommodate larger bookings.

We occasionally run the workshops for other youth settings. If you are a youth group or charity working with young people and are interested in booking our playwriting workshops to your members, please email our Education Officer, Sarah Parkes, at
Young Playwright’s Award

Read more about our Young Playwright’s Award here.
Teacher CPD

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.
Production Education Packs

Our Education Packs for schools, colleges and youth groups accompany our Papatango New Writing Prize productions. They are designed to support and enhance the reading or viewing of the play and give young people the opportunity to build on their collaboration, creative thinking, persuasive writing, debating and creative writing skills.

The packs include:

Background information on the play
Interviews with the cast and creative team
Group and individual classroom activities

The packs are free to download. The published playtexts can be purchased from the Nick Hern Books online shop.

Old Bridge Education Pack (2021) – available soon!
Shook Education Pack (2019)
Arts Award

Are your students working towards an Arts Award? Papatango is an Arts Award Supporter and can help them achieve their qualification!

The Arts Award programme supports young people up to the age of 25 to gain a nationally recognised qualification, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking on challenges across a range of art forms – including theatre and the performing arts – and helping them grow as artists and arts leaders.

Our Writing a Monologue programme can count towards your students’ Bronze Award. Other opportunities – such as free or discounted tickets for our annual Papatango New Writing Prize production – may also be available. Details will be published here, or feel free to contact our Education Officer for further information about our Arts Award offer.

To find out more about Arts Award, visit

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.

Papatango is proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

We offer education settings who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, the following opportunities:

Playwriting workshops
Teacher CPD opportunities
Education Packs for our Papatango New Writing Prize productions
Discounted tickets to our annual Papatango New Writing Prize production

To find out more about Artsmark, visit