Course dates:

  • Fri 13 & Sat 14 July
  • Fri 20 & Sat 21 July (as part of Departure Lounge Festival)
  • Sat 28 & Sun 29 July
  • 10am – 6pm each day

What you will learn:

  • Strategy to help you focus on your writing
  • Tools to help you unblock
  • Exercises to help you reconnect with your creative self
  • Writing techniques and methods


Derby Theatre and Tamasha present


Introduction to Playwriting - Short Course

Introduction to Playwriting is a 3 weekend intensive course for Writers of Colour (BAME) of all abilities. It is specifically aimed at people who have been put off writing, for whatever reason, or are looking to transition into writing plays. It would also suit writers who have never written for the stage or early career writers who could benefit from a structured course.

This course is designed to help you to develop your voice as a writer and equip you with the creative tools to write. Through a series of exercises and writing workshops you will write short fragments and be encouraged to further explore your creative mind. 

You may currently be in the throes of writing your first play, writing for the screen, writing poetry or just have an idea for a stage play and need help developing it and writing those first few scenes. If you feel that you could benefit from understanding how and why good writing works this course will be a good fit. If you’ve already taken a playwriting class, completed an MA, or have had your plays produced, this course isn’t for you.

There are up to 8 spaces on this course, which will be led by award-winning writer, director and Tamasha Playwrights graduate Mina Barber. Places are free and open to any new playwrights from the Midlands. All we ask is you commit to attending each session.

In addition to the 3 weekends, we will select a small number of extracts written by the writers to be read publically later this year.





To apply please email the following, in the body of an email, and send to by 12pm on Friday 25 May 2018:

  • A personal statement (of no more than 250 words) of why you’d like to participate and how you think it will benefit you and your writing
  • A sample of your work – (no more than 5 pages)
  • A biography and links to your website / twitter (if any)
  • CV
  • A description of the new play idea they would like to work on
  • A completed equal opportunities form

 If you have any access requirements please let us know.