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Playhouse Playmaker

Playhouse Playmaker

Playhouse Playmaker is our professional Writers’ Attachment Programme, led by Clare Bayley.

New and emerging playwrights are invited to submit their work to be considered for a place on this free year-long programme. Beginning in January each year, these sessions are used to work on writing techniques, with individual mentoring and feedback on their scripts. To find out more information please email

Playhouse Playmaker is part of a series of Playmaker programmes that offers professional playwriting support for all ages and abilities. More details on each can be found below:

Community Playmaker forms an integral part of the Playhouse Plays On: Creativity Continues programme of work, happening whilst the Playhouse is temporarily closed. 

This project is designed to get people of all ages and with all different levels of experience writing and sharing their plays.  The Playhouse is inviting people of Oxfordshire to have a go at writing a play with help from the Oxford Playhouse team. Find out more here.

Primary Playmaker is an exciting series of workshops for KS2, designed to improve literacy, develop storytelling skills and encourage children’s imaginations. This is a unique opportunity for pupils to write their own short play and understand the process which leads to a professional production.

A selection of the plays are performed by professional actors as part of our Young Players’ Festival.

Secondary Playmaker is a masterclass aimed at secondary schools, allowing them to explore all aspects of writing a play and bringing original ideas to life on stage.

Young Playmaker is a series of weekly workshops for young writers aged 15 to 20, who are keen to write a short play. Led by professional playwright Renata Allen, participants will acquire the skills needed to develop your ideas, and create their first scenes.

Extracts of first drafts are performed as rehearsed readings for the Young Players’ Festival, while a selection of plays are  performed by the Oxford Playhouse Young Companies in the Burton Taylor Studio at the end of the Summer Term.

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Paul Stoyle

Born in the dark heart of the Black Country. Paul studied Drama and Contemporary Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University. Since then, he has worked continuously within the performing art circles of Brighton and Cardiff. Paul is also the founder of ‘Zenpens’ a bi-monthly silent writers retreat for creative individuals.


Victoria Taylor Roberts

Winner of the EDALYA International Youth Theatre Playwright Award (2019) and the Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award (2015), Victoria Taylor Roberts is an experienced playwright with a catalogue of short plays produced for and performed on the UK independent theatre circuit. Under the banner, Wistful Thinking Productions, Victoria also writes, directs and produces short films, with several recently enjoying success on the international film festival circuit. In addition to her currently being part of the 2020 Oxford Playhouse’s writer-on-attachment program, Victoria regularly script-reads for other theatres and offers professional support to those undertaking academic writing.


Natalia Knowlton

Natalia Knowlton is a Chilean-Canadian playwright and theatre maker based in London. In her writing, she explores female sexuality, gender and Latinx/immigrant identity. She is also the Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Crossline Theatre, a female-led theatre company that tells women's stories. Natalia has an MFA in Playwriting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.


Jahmar Ngozi

London based creative, with a background in Sociology. Began writing and performing poetry in 2015, which developed into playwriting. 2016, Emerging Artist Award Winner for “When Harlem Met Kenya” (Arcola Theatre). 2018, “Van Gogh On The Beach” at Camden Fringe (Cockpit Theatre) and Voila Festival (Etcetera Theatre) before taking its sibling project “Amsterdam” to Edinburgh Fringe, both receiving 4 star reviews. 2019, “Broken English” had a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a sold-out run at the Tristan Bates Theatre/ Actors Centre in January 2020.


Rowena Cooper

Rowena Cooper (she/her) is a writer based in Oxford. She wrote her first play as part of the coursework for an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University, which she graduated from in 2018. This play, titled After Aulis, was awarded ‘Fringe Event of the Year’ when it debuted in The Attic Theatre in 2018. In 2019, it was shortlisted for ‘Best New Play’ by New Writing South. Alongside playwriting, Rowena is a poet and board member of the Oxford Poetry Library, where she runs community-based workshops for budding writers of all ages and abilities. Her poetry has featured in Shooter Lit, Claudius Speaks, Panoplyzine, and the anthology Somewhere to keep the rain. In 2019, Rowena won the Shooter Lit Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the Plough Short Poem Prize, and had two poems longlisted in the National Poetry Competition. Keep a lookout for a forthcoming poem of hers in Issue 3 of Bath Magg and read more at


Samson Hawkins

Samson is a theatre maker from south Northamptonshire and the artistic director of 'tomfool' theatre company. Samson's wrote and directed 'Swan Bake' which was performed at The Edinburgh Festival and Soho Theatre, 'The Underwhelming Adventures of Prozac Man and Low Self Esteem Boy' at The Bunker, and 'Death is Wasted on the Old' at The Avondale Theatre. Samson has previously been a member of The Royal Court Writer's Group, Soho Writers Lab and Greyscale Play Development Project. As a director, Samson has been the resident of the Oxford Playhouse and the trainee director of The Orange Tree Theatre. Samson is currently on commission with The Nottingham Playhouse and BBC Radio 4, he is also in training to become a drag wrestler.


Playhouse Playmaker Showcase 2020 

Oxford Playhouse is delighted to share this year's Playhouse Playmakers' Showcase.  Directed by our Resident Director, Eleanor Warr,  six professional actors have recorded extracts from the plays as audio performances.  Whilst the Playhouse buildings are temporarily closed, this virtual showcase enables you to listen to these plays from the comfort of your own home.  Enjoy!

If you are interested in the future life of these plays, please contact

Samson Hawkins - Oh For F**k Sake (I’m in Love with You)

Oh For F**k Sake (I'm in Love with You) is a post-apocalyptic love story, with evil, talking robots and dance routines. It follows Robin and Alex, who live in a world post-gender, race and sexuality, as they start to discover feelings for each other. **Warning: Explicit language, will be offensive to some listeners.

Natalia Knowlton - Chiladian Rhapsody

Chiladian Rhapsody is a semi-autobiographical karaoke musical based on Natalia’s experience growing up in Chile and Canada, and feeling torn between both cultures. I'm interested in exploring displacement, fragmented cultural identity and the nostalgia that immigrants feel for their country.

Rowena Cooper - PreHistory

PreHistory explores the human need for meaning and cohesive narratives, and how that ‘truth’ might differ from the ‘facts’ of a situation. One of the recurring characters in the play is the ‘Löwenmensch’ who is based on a Palaeolithic figurine whose body is half-lion, half-person. It is the oldest known example of humans creating art of something which didn’t exist in the visible world. In PreHistory, Rowena has brought it to life in an attempt to understand why it was necessary.

Jahmar Ngozi - The Lost Generation

Jean-Michel Basquait is at the height of his commercial popularity. While working on one of his major pieces, Frida Kahlo, Charles Bukowski, Gill-Scott Heron and F.Scott Fitzgerald appear as his contemporaries, or elements of his consciousness. The play is a portrayal of the intricacies of Basquait’s creative practice, drug use and cultural identity.


Vicky Taylor Roberts - Pop Up

A newly single middle-class mother decides to generate some much-needed income through hosting pop up dinner parties for the local school parents, essentially turning her home into a restaurant. Needless to say, meanness and madness ensue.

Paul-Robbie Stoyle - Gooped

Gooped examines the concept of spirituality as a capitalist venture and questions if luxury therapies can really buy inner healing? Set in a world where the lines between faith, fitness and health blur, social influencer Everly Bishop-Price seeks an escape from the woes of everyday life.

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