This autumn 2019 Soho Theatre is offering playwriting workshops to introduce new writers to our Verity Bargate Award. The workshops are timed to provide writers with the best opportunity to submit their new play for the Verity Bargate Award 2020.
The workshop introduces new writers from around the UK and Ireland to Soho Theatre, providing information about the scope of our programme, our three theatre spaces and what storytelling and theatricality means to us.
Writers will learn about the Verity Bargate Award: what is it like reading for a competition; what Soho Theatre looks for; what are some of the best ways to catch a reader’s eye among 1000 scripts. It will also provide an opportunity for writers to think about form and content - how they speak to each other and how metaphor bolsters that relationship. Finally it will seek to address what radical storytelling is. How do you tap into those stories and ideas that genuinely change the way audiences look at the world?
What is the Verity Bargate Award?
The search is on. Soho Theatre and Character 7, producer of The Night Manager, are looking for extraordinary plays from extraordinary new voices. The Verity Bargate Award is Soho Theatre’s flagship new-writing award with the winning play produced in a full production on our stages.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from or what you do. If you’ve never written before, that’s fine by us. What matters is that great stories are told – human, inspiring and urgent stories which can only exist in this moment.
For almost 50 years, Soho Theatre has championed new writing. Since 1982, the Verity Bargate Award, Soho Theatre’s playwriting award, has uncovered the best new and emerging writers. It has launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established playwrights and screenwriters including Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), Vicky Jones (Touch at Soho Theatre), Toby Whithouse (Doctor Who) and many, many more.
What's On Offer?
The workshop will be delivered by Gill Greer, Literary Manager at SoHo theatre. It is an opportunity to meet other writers, develop your writing skills and connect with one of the UK's leading new writing venues.
Am I Eligible?
The workshop is open to writers who are interested in submitting scripts to the Verity Bargate Award and tap into those stories and ideas that genuinely change the way audiences look at the world.
Workshops are free
Age guidance: 14+
Running time: Approximately 3 hours