Calling all playwrights in Yorkshire!

Bradford theatre company Freedom Studios are on the hunt for experienced Yorkshire writers to take part in a free six-month playwriting course!

Distinctive voices and new perspectives are wanted, in order to help writers to grow and develop. The course is being led by Zodwa Nyoni (Boi Boi is Dead,  Leeds Playhouse, Tiata Fahodzi, & Watford Palace Theatre), with successful applicants attending a six-month programme of writing workshops. This also includes opportunities to see plays, events and performances and the chance to see a performance of your work.

Writers who’ve got experience in writing for other forms are particularly encouraged to apply, and they must be prepared to take risks and try new ideas.

Freedom Studios co-Artistic Directors Alex Chisholm and Aisha Khan said: “Developing new writers is about developing the theatre of the future. So, it is with particular delight we are launching Street Voices 8, our new writers’ course, this October. Playwright Zodwa Nyoni will be joining us again as tutor on the course, who went through the course herself as a young(er) writer. Our region has a wealth of talent and potential and we look forward to hearing from writers wanting to take that extra step to expand their experience and become the strong, diverse new generation of theatre.”

Previous attendees of the course who have gone on to write for professional theatre have included Kat Rose Martin (winner of Kay Mellor Fellowship, Leeds Playhouse), Chris O’Connor (The Parting Glass, Red Ladder Theatre), Gemma Beadeau (who is currently under commission with Freedom Studios) and Ben Tagoe (When We Were Brothers, Freedom Studios).

Playwright Gemma Beadeau who attended last year’s Street Voices 7 said: “Street voices was an incredibly affirming  experience. Freedom Studios have created a really safe space to learn; and I learnt so much about narrative. There is literally nothing that our writing mentor Zodwa Nyoni didn’t know about shaping a story.

We were encouraged to be bold, brave and ambitious, and I was in great company with other brilliant writers whose feedback and work pushed me to take my loose idea to a play I’m really proud of.  If you can apply it’ll be life-changing.”

Beginning in October and running through till March next year, the course will be run online via Zoom but should guidance change nearer the time sessions will run in Bradford as normal in adherence with government guidelines.

Applicants must be over 18, based in Yorkshire and must have some level of writing experience. The Street Voices 8 writing workshops will run from 10 Oct 2020 till 6 March 2021.

For further details on how to apply for the course visit

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