The Writers is a practical course that explores techniques for character, dialogue, theatricality and structure as well as exploring and discussing work by a wide variety of playwrights. Over the course of the year, there are opportunities to receive feedback on work from other members of the company as well as from theatre staff and professional writers. They work towards writing a full length play with further opportunities to write work for Young Company projects.

The WRITERS is for anyone interested in…

  • practical training in all areas of technical theatre
  • working on productions
  • writing material for theatre performance
  • understanding fundamental skills such as structure, story and theatricality in writing
  • evaluating their work as well as work by other writers
  • sharing work as part of productions and showcases 
  • collaborating with performers to create new work

“I have learnt so much about structuring plays and writing effective dialogue. As well as getting to discuss theatre with people my own age who are just as excited about it as I am, I think the guest speakers have been a real highlight for me. Especially the workshop we did with Bryony Lavery. It's such a rare opportunity to get to talk to professional writers and get their feedback. Thanks to the Young Company I've become more confident with applying for things and sharing my work, and I would advise anyone who becomes a member to take risks and enjoy it!”

Young Company

Discover the Royal Exchange’s resident company for young people aged 14 – 25.

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