School Workshops


School Workshops

GoWrite delivers a programme of free playwriting workshops for Key Stages 3 and 4 in state schools in London, Greater Manchester and the South West of England. Designed to give students a taste of both playwriting and professional theatre making, our Writing a One Act Play workshops not only complement the curriculum but also encourage team-working and help students to develop confidence in writing, creative thinking and expressing their ideas.
The structured and interactive workshops help students write their very own short plays in groups. The first lesson, led by the teacher using our comprehensive toolkit, takes the students step-by-step through developing characters and creating the world and story of their play. The second session, led by one of our experienced workshop facilitators, focuses on structuring and writing the script, through a series of exercises suitable for all levels of literacy. The scripts are then published as printed playtexts (with a copy for each student) and performed, script-in-hand, by a cast of professional actors at the school.

Our comprehensive Teachers’ Toolkit provides lesson plans, student worksheets and other supporting materials.

Our workshop facilitators are award-winning playwrights with a passion for sharing their experience and knowledge with young people.

“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. At the start of the term, when they are still bonding, it brings cohesion. They love working with industry professionals who will eventually both provide them with their own published plays and then see their work performed by professional actors. The work from all involved at Papatango is greatly appreciated.” Teacher

“Thank you for helping us so much. I have learnt so much about writing scripts. The actors were amazing!” Student

Download our School Workshops flyer
How to book

We are currently taking bookings for 2020-21 from schools in the following areas.

London – boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing, Camden and Westminster

Please note that, due to current coronavirus restrictions, we are also offering an online version of the workshops.

If you are interested in booking our workshops, or would like any further information, please email Sarah Parkes, Education Officer, at
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 One Act Play 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.

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:

Our free Writing a One Act Play workshops (details above)
A 1-2-1 meeting with our Education Officer to explore other drama resources for your school
Free or discounted tickets to our annual Papatango New Writing Prize production

To learn more about how Papatango can support your Artsmark journey, please email Sarah Parkes, Education Officer, at

To find out more about Artsmark, visit


Lost your password?