For those with a passion for theatre, sometimes sitting and watching is just not enough - you need to get involved. And whilst there are numerous opportunities within Hull Truck Theatre to try your hand at acting (Hull Truck Youth Theatre, Adult Drama or Act III), your tastes might run to more literary pursuits... which is presumably why you've ended up on this page. We have a number of groups, catering for all aspects of new writing:
PlayWrite is Hull Truck Theatre's eight-week playwriting course for non-professional or semi-professional writers. It is designed, week-by-week, to concentrate on a different aspect of writing, from plot to dialogue, from character to location and so on.
Throughout each course, participants will be encouraged to write an original play, which will ultimately be read by Hull Truck's Artistic team. Every participant will receive detailed feedback and experience the process of developing a new play with a professional theatre.
During the course the groups will be offered theatre tickets at Hull Truck Theatre at greatly reduced rates as well as getting an opportunity to talk with theatre industry professionals.
Each weekly session lasts approximately 2½ hours and meets on a weekday evening (typically a Tuesday for 29+, and a Thursday for 18-28) at 6.30pm. The next course for participants aged 29 and over launches on Tuesday 9 October 2012, with Tuesday 2 October being the closing date for applications. For 18-28s, the next course begins on Thursday 11 October, the deadline for applications being Thursday 4 October.How to apply for the course
Applicants are asked to submit an introductory letter, outlining their writing experiences (if any) and why they would like to take part in the programme Applicants should also submit an example of their playwriting. This could be a stand-alone piece of writing or an extract from a full-length play, but examples should be no more than 2 A4 pages.
PlayWrite courses are very affordable - just £20 for the 8 week course. The fee represents a nominal admin cost. Fees are payable in full prior to the first session.
To apply, or for more details, please e-mail either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, marking the message line 'PlayWrite 18-28' or 'PlayWrite 29+.'
- Young Writers
For budding writers aged between 11 and 18.
Hull Truck's Creative Associate, playwright Morgan Sproxton runs a young writer's programme, aimed at giving people with a passion for plays an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade. The group meets on a weekly basis throughout the year and work on numerous projects covering all aspects of writing for performance.
The Young Writers Group have access to an in-house script library, discounted theatre tickets and the opportunity to see their work performed at various points throughout the year.
Sessions are normally held on a Friday evening and cost £35 per term. If you'd like to be part of Young Writers please send a sample of your writing and your contact information to email@example.com
- A Cuppa, a Cake and a Play
Do you love writing? Are you looking for a book group with a little more bite? Hull Truck's first female writers group will relaunch soon. Its aim is to bring together women of all ages and backgrounds who have a passion for writing to develop their voices and share their work in a supportive environment. Workshops will be semi-structured meaning that there'll be opportunity to try your hand at a range of writing styles and read and discuss set play texts but there'll also be the chance to write freely, to test out ideas, and to receive feedback from the group on your own work. Sessions will cost £5 per person and will definitely include cake! Register your interest now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Writers Forum
A peer-led group for semi-professional and professional playwrights, which meets monthly.
The aim of the group is the development of craft - through debate, discussion, reading key new plays (including new work being made at Hull Truck) and meeting other writers, leading directors, producers and dramaturges.
The group itself identifies topics of debate or discussion, scripts they would like to read, and speakers they would like to meet.
There is no fee for this group, but you are expected to make full use of the theatre's bar after each meeting.
Email email@example.com to find out more.