The Young Writers Festival will give young people aged 26 and under the opportunity to have their play professionally produced at the Royal Court - the premier new writing theatre. The Festival opens up the world of theatre to 1000s of young people, as writers, participants and audience members.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011
It is essential to the health of the arts in this country that we inspire young people to consider playwriting as a relevant form of expression: We need new plays by new voices to keep theatre fresh, original and engaging. This is essential to diversifying and appealing to younger audiences, creating theatre that is reflective of the world we live in today. We must also give young writers opportunities to hear their work spoken aloud by actors - a crucial stage in their development.
In spring 2012 the Royal Court will host the Young Writers Festival, a celebration of new plays and exciting young writers for whom this will be their first professional production. The Festival features productions, short plays, rehearsed readings and workshops, preceded by months of nationwide play development, support and mentoring. We expect to receive 500+ script submissions, all of which receive individual feedback, and reach an audience of over 5,000, many attending for the first time.
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