Welcome to Oxford Playwriting

"John's course is the best anyone could hope for. It has transformational effects on the confidence and achievements of all the participants. John is passionate and knowledgeable about theatre and has great first-hand experience. The course is so artfully constructed that you slip gracefully into writing a play, through all the exercise stages, almost without realising it. The discussion of plays is precise and informed and of great practical benefit for our own writing. Best of all, the chance to have your work rehearsed and performed by excellent professional actors is gold dust."
 

- Nick Marston, writer, 2018-21 course

OXFORD PLAYWRITING is a  programme of three Oxford-based writing courses for aspirant professional playwrights run by theatre director and Olivier award-winning playwright JOHN RETALLACK.

 

OXFORD PLAYWRITING has three levels; FOUNDATION, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED.

 

OXFORD PLAYWRITING is open to writers to join for 1 year, 2 years or 3 years.

 

The ADVANCED course is open only to writers who have completed one or two years of the OXFORD PLAYWRITING programme.

 

The course is based in Oxford’s historic city centre with striking views over the colleges.

 

Classes and Performance Workshops take place at:

Vincent’s Club, 1A King Edward Street, Oxford OX1 4HS

 

 

THE FOUNDATION COURSE

32 x 2.5 hour sessions taking place on Mondays from 6 to 8.30pm.

(80 hours in total)
 

THE INTERMEDIATE COURSE

10 x all-day sessions taking place one Friday per month from 10am to 5.30pm.

(65 hours in total)

 

THE ADVANCED COURSE

10 x all-day sessions taking place one Friday per month from 10am to 5.30pm.

(65 hours in total)

 

NOTE:

For all 3 levels of the course there is an additional PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP in which professional actors, directed by John Retallack, perform extracts of the writers’ work for an invited audience.

Bursaries

available!

Actors read work at a performance day