Experience Opportunity

Introduction to Playwriting: For Deaf and/or Disabled Writers

Join our free 8-week online course and develop your playwriting skills!

Theatre by the Lake and Graeae are working together to support first-time, emerging and early career writers in Cumbria who identify as Deaf and/or Disabled, and who have an interest in writing for the stage.

The Introduction to Playwriting course is aimed at those who have an interest in or passion for Theatre but little or no experience in writing for the stage. The course will take place on Wednesday evenings between September-November 2022, primarily on zoom but with opportunities to meet in

person at the Theatre. It will be led by Penrith-based writer Karen Featherstone, who has written extensively for the stage and screen, was part of Graeae’s Write to Play scheme for disabled writers and was commissioned to write an audio drama for TBTL’s Assemble Here project in 2021.

Throughout the course we’ll be exploring structure, character, theme and form, and by November each writer will have produced a short excerpt for two characters.

We’re looking to hear from people who:

- Are passionate about theatre and intrigued to learn more about the craft of playwriting

- Have minimal / no prior experience writing for the stage

- Live in Cumbria

- Are available for all of the sessions outlined below

- Identify as D/deaf or disabled**

**TBTL and Graeae follows the social model of disability. You are eligible if you identify as Deaf and/or disabled and/or neurodivergent and/or if you have experienced barriers to participation due to access requirements not being met or due to societal/attitudinal barriers related to your impairment.

All access requirements will be met, including sign language interpreters and access support workers.