Junior Writers

Primary Playmaker at The Oxford Playhouse CREDIT Geraint Lewis


Oxford Playmaker works with Young Playwrights of all ages in Oxford.

For writers from Primary school pupils to Secondary and College students we offer opportunities to develop the skills of a playwright.

In partnership with Oxford Playhouse we offer:

1. Young Playmaker for writers aged 15 – 20

Young Playmakers aged 15-20 come from a range of schools and colleges in Oxfordshire. They meet every Thursday from September to March at Oxford Playhouse from 5.00pm – 7.30 pm. The plays they write are performed at the BT Studio in July.

Applications to become part of this group should be made directly to Oxford Playhouse via:

Mezze Eade
Participation Programme Leader
Oxford Playhouse
T: 01865 305365


As the name suggests, Young Playmaker is an excellent opportunity for any young person who is interested in writing plays. You’ll get help every step of the way, from the conception of your play to perfecting the final draft. When I first went I had no idea what I wanted to write about, but after being shown a wide range of examples from different genres and styles, and taking part in numerous activities and workshops I found ideas that I’d never even considered. There’s also the opportunity to see some shows at the theatre for free, which I found very enjoyable and inspiring for my own work. The atmosphere is always friendly and supportive, so even if you’ve never really written anything before you don’t need to worry about being out of your depth. The course is absolutely worthwhile simply to get your play off the ground, and that’s before you get to see it polished and performed in a proper theatre! I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone with a passion for writing and the theatre. Edward Morgan, Young Playmaker

2. Primary Playmaker for writers aged 8 – 11

Primary Playmaker helps children to create their own short plays through a course of one and a half hour workshops in which children experience a variety of activities including improvisation and writing exercises.

At the end of the writing process, pupils rehearse their plays and present them to each other or to an invited audience at school.

Some of the plays from each school are then selected to be performed by professional actors at the Oxford Playhouse in a festival of theatre in March. All participating and interested schools are welcome to attend this performance.

3. Workshops for Secondary Schools and Colleges

Workshops can be tailor made to suit a particular cohort of students.

Topics include:

  • Playwriting


  • Editing a script


  • Directing a script


  • Creating original plays through a devising process


  • Creating original plays through the use of verbatim and interviews


  • Creating your own interpretation of a Shakespeare text


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