Writing plays for Young Adults
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW236
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
The course is about how to approach creating a play with a group of young actors. Finding play scripts that are suitable for young actors can be a tricky task. Often girls have to play male roles, male parts are sometimes clichéd and out of date or the subject matter is just not engaging enough for your group. Or you maybe a writer who wants to write for young adults and feel unsure of how to create a play that will interest them. Whatever your requirements you will leave this course with a tool kit full of exercises and creative ideas ready to embark on your tailor-made play.
The course is led by Grant Corr a drama teacher of over 20 years and an award winning playwright for young adults.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Finding a subject matter suitable for your group; how to engage your group; creating balanced parts; making the play relevant; avoiding gender stereotypes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- come up with a subject matter suitable for your group
- engage your group
- create balanced parts
- make your play relevant
- avoid gender stereotypes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Entry is open to all potential writers who can write fluent English and have a genuine interest in writing a play suitable for young people.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group discussion and feedback
Lots of independent writing
Tutor input illustrated by examples from published works.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notebook, paper and writing materials, enthusiasm and loads of persistence.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Students who wish to continue actively to write for children or young adults may like to join one of our Writing for children courses or workshops. Or if you wish to concentrate on writing plays, you may want to do one of our Developing your playwriting courses.
Grant Corr is an award-winning writer, he writes for radio, stage and television. He has worked with Soho theatre, Nottingham play house, Omnibus theatre Clapham, the Old Red Lion Islington and has worked with RTE’s drama department as both a story liner and episode writer. His award-winning plays for young people have been performed in schools around London and Northern Ireland as well as the Edinburgh fringe. As well as a writer he is an experienced drama teacher having taught in schools across London for twenty years and has extensive experience facilitating play writing workshops with the National theatre’s New Views project. Grant has just completed a PhD in play writing at the University of East Anglia.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.