We are running New Views, the National Theatre's playwriting programme for 15-19s from December 2013 to 26 March 2014. Bristol schools are invited to nominate students to take part in the programme which is free. Students must make their own arrangements to get to Bristol Old Vic for weekly seminars/ workshops must commit to attending all the sessions of the course. Spaces are limited to 4 students per school.
Starting New Views
The course begins on 3 December, with an hour-long selection workshop for students. The aim of this workshop is to make sure that every student knows exactly what it is that they are committing to in taking part in the programme and for the course leaders to see how students work in a group. This process is not used to determine students' levels of ability as we realise that many students will never have written a play before.
Students will follow a course of workshops and seminars led by a professional playwright and a theatre director. Each session looks at a different aspect of the playwriting process, through drama-based methods as well as with pen and paper. You can have a look at the course materials at new-views.tv
It has been an excellent experience for the students, enabling them to experience live theatre, discuss structures and tools used to write and free their imagination. It has enabled students to utilise independent skills whilst supplying a consistent supportive network. Some of our students had never been to theatre before so they particularly enjoyed that opportunity."
Teacher, Thamesview School
The students found it a positive experience and in some cases said they were impressed with themselves. They particularly learned from drafting and redrafting, something for which there is relative little room in the curriculum. They also like the freedom of being able to tell the stories they wanted."
Teacher, St Cecilia's School, Wandsworth
The process of taking part in New Views has broadened the students' outlooks and made them think more creatively."
Teacher, Birkenhead School
6-7pm Tuesday 3 December, 2013
6-8.20pm Tuesday 10 December, 2013
6-8.20pm Tuesday 17 December, 2013
7-9.00pm Wednesday 22 January, 2014
6-8.20pm Wednesday 29 January, 2014
6-8.20pm Wednesday 5 February, 2014
6-8.20pm Wednesday 12 February, 2014
Half Term - writing time for students
6-8.20pm Wednesday 26 February (1st draft hand in, readings & group feedback)
6-8.20pm Wednesday 26 March (1st draft feedback)
*26 April - DEADLINE FOR FINAL DRAFTS
Visits to productions
The group will see two theatre productions during the course.
Students will write 30minute plays, individually, in pairs or as a group, which they will eventually submit into the nationwide New Views competition. The brief is to "write about what switches you on" - the things that inspire or frustrate you, the things that make you happy, angry or sad. The course encourages students to discuss current affairs in order to find inspiration for the plays they will write.
Once students have submitted first drafts of their plays (26 Feb 2014), there is an opportunity for students to work one-to-one with the course leaders and receive feedback on a first draft of their 30minute plays. There will be an April deadline for final drafts.
A panel of judges from NT and Parliament will choose a shortlist of plays. They will also select one national winner from that shortlist. Shortlisted plays will have rehearsed readings at the NT with NT Company members and one national winner will have the chance to see his/her play rehearsed and staged by the NT with a professional creative and technical team. We're looking for plays that represent the diversity of things that interest young people in the UK today, not for something that ticks a particular box.
New Views 2013/14 - Project Milestones
3 December 2013 Student selection workshops
December 2013-February 2014 Student group meets and receive tutorials
January 2014 First theatre visit
January- April 2014 Students write plays
February/ March 2014 Second theatre visit
End February 2014 Deadline for first drafts
March 2014 Students receive one-to-one mentoring from writers
26 April 2014 Deadline for submissions
TBC Shortlisted plays announced
TBC Winning play announced
TBC Rehearsed readings for shortlisted plays (at NT)
TBC Performances of winning play (at NT)