Theatre Royal Brighton Young Writers is an initiative that supports new and aspiring playwrights aged between 16 and 25 years old. The programme includes a series of workshops taking place at the Theatre Royal Brighton between September and April, and it concludes with a final performance, showcasing the young writers’ work in five-minute plays.
Two students from Lancing College were able to participate during this academic year; Calvin C (above, right) and Martin J (above, left), both from the Upper Sixth, have written about their experience at the Theatre:
'It was an intensely challenging course that forced us to write outside of our comfort zone, as we had to set our plays in different parts of the Theatre Royal that is not the stage. The programme was really rewarding, as our writing coach was dedicated and made sure that we constantly improved. We also had the opportunity to attend other workshops that dealt with different aspects of the theatre world such as reviewing shows, directing and pitching to potential supporters. We also established a lasting friendship with our classmates, and we even hope to work together in future projects. I highly recommend it for those who are really passionate about writing: just throw yourself into it as much as possible!’ Calvin C
'Although I have been writing for the best part of the last year, I had not ventured into writing plays. My only previous effort was the Donald Bancroft One Act Playwriting competition; although I didn’t win, I helped a friend direct his play, something I thoroughly enjoyed. When I was offered a chance to learn how to write better, as well as put on a play of my own, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.
The course covered the fundamental elements of theatrical writing, from monologues, dialogue, characters, to setting and examining overreaching ideas and themes. With this knowledge, we created our own plays. We were limited to a maximum of five to six minutes, any number of characters but only four actors, and to a place within the theatre to act the play.
In the showcase, we had a fair amount of input, considering they had an actual director to direct our plays. Luckily, the director seemed to share the same vision as I did, and my input into the staging was accepted. I think that the actors, given they had very little time to get familiar with the scripts, did exceptionally well across all our plays, and we all greatly enjoyed the experience.' Martin J