A short break during a Performance Workshop


Applications for the 2021/22 FOUNDATION and INTERMEDIATE COURSES are open now.

To apply, please complete the application form below.


No academic qualification is required, and the course is open to anyone over 18 with a passion and flair for writing. 

John will contact you within two weeks of your application.​ Interviews take place either in Oxford or online by Zoom. Places fill up quickly, so early application is encouraged!


"If I were an aspiring playwright with an appetite to learn about the playwright’s craft, I couldn’t imagine a more skilled and supportive tutor."
Tom Morris, artistic director,
Bristol Old Vic

"John is a rare combination of an outstandingly creative theatre artist and a truly transformative teacher."
Tim Crouch, writer, director

"Usually, with a writing tutor, you  get someone who knows how to write and how to teach writing.  With John Retallack, you get those two gifts, plus a cracking experienced and imaginative director!"

Bryony Lavery, writer

"John Retallack is a hugely talented and experienced playwright and director. He combines practical know-how with incisive analysis and an infectious love of theatre. For anyone wanting to write professionally for the stage,  I couldn't think of anyone better to support, challenge and inspire you."

Jonathan Lloyd, director

"John has a writer’s understanding of structure, texture, character and tone blended with a director’s eye and ear for a quality of performance that will make an audience not just think but also, crucially, feel. It was a privilege to work with him and I very much hope I’m lucky enough to do so again."

Owen Sheers, writer


Course Application form

John will contact you within two weeks of your submitted application.​


John Retallack offers a FREE 30-minute online consultation for those interested in applying for the course. He will take you through key elements of his Oxford Playwriting Course, and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

Any problems submitting your application please email: 


Bursaries of up to 50% of the course fee are available to people who are not in education or employment, or who are on low income/benefits. If you would like to apply for a bursaried place, please tick the relevant box in the application above, or contact John for more information: 

Location: Vincent’s Club Dining Room, 1A King Edward Street, Oxford OX1 4HS

(This is just off Oxford High Street where there is nearby parking, convenient public transport and wheelchair access)



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

(80 hours in total)

Course Fee: £2950



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

(65 hours in total)

Course Fee: £2250


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

(65 hours in total)

Course Fee: £2250