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Community Playmaker

Community Playmaker

Community Playmaker forms an integral part of Playhouse at Home, our creative programme of work taking place whilst Oxford Playhouse is temporarily closed due to Coronavirus.

Community Playmaker 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.

 Meet the team and hear more about the project by watching the following video!


To help get you started, our Playhouse Playmakers will be releasing weekly playwriting guidance through our Playmaker Blog. In Additional Resources you will also find helpful tools for children and young people to have a go.

We hope you feel inspired!  We are looking for plays from all ages, and in all forms - short plays, long plays, monologues, and duologues.  Even if all you’ve written before is a shopping list, we want to read your writing and hear your stories.

Send your plays to us at: playmaker@oxfordplayhouse.com

Please use the Subject heading ‘Community Playmaker’ when you send your email. Include your name, age and hometown in your email, so that we know who we’re giving our feedback to.

We will read all submissions, and provide feedback as quickly as we can. And, if you’re happy for us to do so, we’ll share your play here on our website, so that others can read it too. Check out some of the plays that have already been submitted, using the tabs above.

Community Playmaker has been designed to help people to be creative whilst staying at home.  It draws on the knowledge and experience that the theatre has established from running its usual playwriting schemes for children aged 9+ and adults. Your children or grandchildren may have taken part in our Primary Playmaker scheme, which is aimed at schools, or Young Playmaker, which is aimed at writers aged 15-20. You might have heard about Playhouse Playmaker, which is aimed at new and emerging playwrights and provides work on writing techniques, with individual mentoring and feedback on their scripts.

Send your plays to us at: playmaker@oxfordplayhouse.com

Please use the Subject heading ‘Community Playmaker’ when you send your email. Include your name, age and hometown in your email, so that we know who we’re giving our feedback to.

We will read all submissions, and provide feedback as quickly as we can. And, if you’re happy for us to do so, we’ll share your play here on our website, so that others can read it too. Check out some of the plays that have already been submitted, using the tabs above.

Here are a selection of our submissions through our Community Playmaker scheme so far.

Just click on the plays below to download a PDF extract.

 

Age Guideline 16+

 

 Age Guideline 10+

 

 Age Guideline 10+

 

 

Age Guideline 10+ 

 

 

Age Guideline 14+ 

 

 

 Age Guideline 10+

 

 

 Age Guideline 14+

 

 

 Age Guideline 16+

 

 

Age Guideline 14+

 

Age Guideline 14+

 

 Age Guideline 10+

 

 

 Age Guideline 10+

 

 Age Guideline 10+

   

We have collaborated with professional playwright Clare Bayley to create resources for young people and adults to help get into playwriting. Clare is running the Playhouse Playmaker scheme this year. You can find more exercises, explanations and guidance in her book: Playwriting - A Writers’ and Artists’ Companion.

Plus, check out our Playmakers Blog for tips!

 

Part 1) Getting Started     PDF    

Part 2) Building Character     PDF     WORD

Part 3) Writing Dialogue    PDF     WORD

Part 4) Structure      PDF     WORD

 

Additional resources can be found here for Key Stage 2 children who want to have a go at writing a play.  You can also check  out our Playmakers Blog for tips!

Key Words: PDF

Long Template for Playwriting: PDF

Short Template for Playwriting: PDF

That Mysterious House on the Hill: PDF

How to Write your Own Play (Key Stage 2): PDF

 

If you require any of these files in a different format, please email playmaker@oxfordplayhouse.com for further assistance.

 

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