Secondary Schools



For secondary schools we offer three options to inspire young people to become the next generation of playwrights.

1. You can start your own playwriting group at school.

We will mentor young writers of all ages from key stage 3 to 5.

By the end of a term we aim for each writer to complete a short play and see their work performed in a staged reading at school.

The cost is in the region of £7 a pupil per session with a minimum group size of 12.

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2. You can ask us to deliver a workshop.

We will bring our expertise in playwriting to inspire your pupils to see how plays are transformed from page to stage.

Our workshops 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 production


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3. You can encourage your students to join Young Playmaker at Oxford Playhouse.

These weekly workshops are held at the Oxford Playhouse every Thursday evening between 5.00 pm and 7.30 pm.

They are for young writers keen to explore the skills required to write a short play.

Sessions begin in September and the finished plays are performed in the summer at the Oxford Playhouse by the resident 17-25 Young Company.

The Young Playmakers will be involved in the production process, working closely with the director and actors in rehearsal.


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

To find out more please contact:

Mezze Eade
Participation Programme Leader
Oxford Playhouse
T: 01865 305365

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