Young People

GoWrite is a programme of playwriting workshops, culminating in professional performances and publication, which transform young people into playwrights. We empower state secondary schools, SEN centres, PRUs and other youth settings, including for refugees, carers or young people with disabilities, 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.

All of our opportunities are fully funded and completely free of charge to state schools and charitable organisations. They are currently available in the following regions:

• London
• South West of England
“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.”
Writing a Monologue Workshops

Designed to give young people 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.
Young people taking part:
  • Are supported to write their own monologues using a variety of playwriting and devising techniques;
  • Have their monologues published as printed books with a free copy for each participant;
  • See their monologues read by professional actors in filmed script readings;
  • Have the opportunity to enter our Young Playwrights' Award.
We work closely with teachers, support staff, charities and youth organisations to ensure that our workshops are accessible and inclusive and have delivered the programme within a range of specialist settings, including SEND schools and Pupil Referral Units.
If you would like to book the workshops for your school or youth group, please complete our booking form and we will be in touch with you soon. The workshops are for groups of up to 30 young people, however we may occasionally be able to accommodate larger bookings.

School Workshop Booking Form 

Youth Group Booking Form
Young Playwrights' Award
Launched in 2022 and modelled on our New Writing Prize, our Young Playwrights' Award identifies and celebrates some of the UK’s promising young writers, showcasing their work to a wider audience and supporting them on their playwriting journey. 
Three winners, selected by a panel of industry professionals at the end of the academic year, receive feedback on their script from professional theatre makers; see their scripts brought to life in recordings by professional actors; receive a selection of theatre books and plays from Award supporter and leading performing arts publisher Nick Hern Books; have the opportunity to join an online Young Playwrights Summer School delivered by leading playwrights and theatre-makers.
Read more about the Award and watch the winning monologues!
Arts Award

Are the young people you teach or support 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 the Bronze Award. Other opportunities – such as free or discounted tickets for our annual Papatango New Writing Prize production – may also be available. Get in touch to find out more!

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 (when available)
Get in Touch
For further information about any of our opportunities for schools and young people, or to discuss a collaboration, please get in touch at