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A short break during a Performance Workshop


Applications for the 2023-24 course are open now

To apply, please complete the application form below.


John will contact you within one week of your submitted application.​ Interviews take place either in Oxford or online by Zoom.

Read up-to-date testimonials from John's current writers HERE.

Read recent PRESS COVERAGE from Ox Magazine; and an interview with John Retallack for LANE’S LIST.


"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, 2010-2023

"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


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.


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 form, or contact John for more information: 


Course Application form

John will contact you within one week of your submitted application.​

If you have any problems submitting your application please email: 



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)

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