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A one-year programme for people aged 16-21 interested in reading plays, writing scripts and learning about playwrights

To apply to be a Young Company Writer in 2021, please complete the online form here and sign up to a recruitment workshop.

The Young Company Writers work reading, analysing and writing plays. They will be given exercises, tasks and support to help them develop a full length play.

In 2021, the Young Company Writers will meet from January - August 2021. The course will be a mixture of in person, at the Royal Exchange and online. Please see our FAQs for more information and guidance on how we will ensure we are safe in the new year.

YOUNG WRITERS WILL:

• Develop their writing skills through practical writing exercises and creative tasks
• Gain a wider understanding of writing for the stage
• Read work by a variety of playwrights
• Work with professional writers
• Share work with peers
• Receive feedback and mentoring from theatre staff
• Collaborating with Young Makers and Performers from the Young Company to develop work

YOUNG WRITERS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO:

• Weekly skills sessions
• Opportunities to make, watch and learn more about theatre
• Free tickets to Royal Exchange main house productions
• Access to our Facebook group which provides opportunities in the arts, information about events, tickets and work in Manchester
• Mentoring from theatre staff and exclusive backstage access

To apply, you will need to sign up and take part in an informal workshop which will happen online via Zoom. And everyone who applies will be guaranteed a workshop slot. No previous experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!

PLEASE NOTE:
THE FOLLOWING STAGES TO THE REGISTRATION PROCESS:

Once you have completed the online form, you will need to click the link which will redirect you to the Young Company recruitment booking page. You will need to follow the booking process in full to book onto the recruitment workshop. 
This may include receiving a link, via email, to complete the booking. 

Fees are £150 for the year. Financial support to help with membership and travel costs to and from the theatre is available through our scheme called Arts Pot. Applications to the Arts Pot can be made once you have been offered a place in the Young Company.