Supporting and enabling creative and diverse projects that benefit our local communities
Write your first Play or Rap Poem with The Writer's School . Six weeks of fun Saturday classes with Expert Writers helping you bring your ideas to Life ! It could be Drama, Comedy, Poetry or that Rap you have in the back of your mind. We'll help you with the settings, the characters, the mood and the pace. All you have to do is be willing to put pen to paper! At the Cockpit Theatre on Saturday mornings, all you need is a pen and imagination. All 11-18 year olds welcomed. And we'll unite the Church Street area with the power of your words, when we read your plays/poems in a Festival the first weekend of June. And, we'll help you publish your first booklet in your name , and teach you how to sell your great new writing to your friends ! The public readings will be open to friends, family, the Church Street community and the general public. So come with your ideas, and let us help you form them into the great story or rap poem that you have inside. You can do it!!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Looking after the Literacy of young people is a crucial National priority. Due to school disruption, many young people have fallen behind with their reading and writing. So, an enjoyable Saturday class where young people want to put pen to paper can help with academic growth and reading/writing engagement. And, learning to tell your own story as a young person is especially exciting when the power of self publishing is utilised and young people see their name on the cover of a booklet they can gift or sell to their family and friends. In addition, the Community comes together to hear the ideas and stories that young people have in their minds, building community respect and possibility.
Steps to get it done:
Having run a similar project at Euston's Surma Centre ( supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation) The Writer's School has taught young people since 1990. Expert tutors who are teachers work with rising playwrights and poets to bring together an excellent learning experience. London New Play Festival was founded in 1989 and has produced over 150 new plays, readings and workshop events. Time Out Award WInners 1994, Peter Brook Empty Space Award Winners, 1998.
About the space
City of Westminster