On Wednesday 18 November, a group of students from across the Boys' and Girls' School took part in the first online workshop with writer Paula B Stanic, as part of the National Theatre's New Views.
New Views is the National Theatre’s playwriting programme for 14 to 19-year-olds. Every year, students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the industry and develop their own 30-minute scripts. One play will then be selected to be produced by the NT with a professional cast and crew, alongside rehearsed readings of the shortlisted plays.
Over the next six months, our students will take part in workshops with professional writers and form part of a writing group across the two schools, giving them the opportunity to read new work, hear their writing performed, work with actors to improvise moments and offer each other support, provocation and feedback. They will submit several drafts to the National Theatre, as part of this process and receive continued mentorship by Paula B Stanic and Mr Weinman.
This is an exciting opportunity to not only develop their playwriting skills but also to challenge them to discover their authentic voices and create work about ideas and issues that are important to them.
The School would like to thank Paula B Stanic for providing some fantastic advice and so generously giving her time to answer questions during this workshop.