Young Writers Festival 2012

Debut plays from young British playwrights with original and diverse stories to tell.

Since 1973, it has been unrivalled in its discovery of new writing, launching writers such as Simon Stephens (2005 Olivier award for Best Newcomer), Christopher Shinn (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008), Bola Agbaje (2008 Olivier Award), Leo Butler, Andrea Dunbar, DC Moore, Michael Wynne and Chloe Moss. Most recently Alia Bano’s play Shades, (Most Promising Playwrights Award at the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Awards).

This year’s festival is our biggest and boldest yet, including many free events.
To accompany the festival, we have launched an online playwriting toolkit with top tips from leading playwrights and Royal Court staff. (check-out the teaser video on the right)

The Young Writers Festival runs from 23 February – 14 April, showcasing promising young talent from across the UK, featuring two full productions of new plays, as well as a host of readings and special events.

Click on the below links or boxes at the bottom of this page for more event information.

Goodbye to All That by Luke Norris (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 23 February – 17 March)
Vera Vera Vera by Hayley Squires (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 22 March – 14 April)
Festival Readings of four new plays by young writers aged 18-25 years old (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 2-3, 9-10, 30-31 March & 13-14 April)
Festival Short Readings by young writers aged 8-15 (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, 17 March)
Free Workshops led by Royal Court playwrights Leo Butler and Nick Payne (3 March and 17 March)
Free In Conversation with the writers Luke Norris (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 1 March) and Hayley Squires (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 29 March)
Free Afterdark late night series (Royal Court Cafe Bar on 16, 28 Mar and 14 Apr)
Free Royal Court Literary Tour. Learn about the life of a script, the process of putting on a play at the Royal Court, and writers past and present in this insightful tour led by the Literary team (from Royal Court Stage Door, 12-12.45pm Fri 30 March)

Get Involved
Throughout the festival we’ll also be running our 100 Word Play. Writers of all ages and experiences are invited to write a play, which will then be displayed in and around the building. Find out more about 100 Word Play.

Join in the conversation @ Twitter #YWF

The Young Writers Festival is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and is in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK, with additional support from the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

The Young Writers Festival Development Phase has been supported by John Lyon’s Charity.

Previous Productions

The Royal Court Theatre Cafe Bar

Young Writers Festival 2012 Afterdark

16 Mar - 14 Apr

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Vera Vera Vera

by Hayley Squires

22 Mar - 14 Apr

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Young Writers Festival Readings

by Alistair McDowall, Rose Lewenstein, Rianna Mitchell-Henry and Brad Birch

2 Mar - 14 Apr

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Young Writers Festival Conversations

with Luke Norris and Hayley Squires

1 Mar - 29 Mar

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Goodbye to All That

by Luke Norris

23 Feb - 17 Mar

The Wilson Studio, Royal Court Theatre

Young Writers Festival Workshops

3 Mar - 17 Mar

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Young Writers Festival Shorts

17 Mar

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