Young writers initiative launched by Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre

Young playwrights are being given the chance of seeing their work on stage in a new initiative launched by Chichester Festival Theatre.

The opportunity to develop new work from the page to the stage has been launched by HighTide Writers Academy and CFT.

Young people aged 16 – 25 can apply for an intensive week of writing, mentoring and support which will be led by a professional writer and director.

Participants will be nurtured as they build the skills and confidence needed to develop their writing.

The aim is to produce a 10-minute play, a number of which will be read by actors at the prestigious annual HighTide Festival in September 2015.

The festival has previously staged work by award-winning playwrights such as Nick Payne (Constellations, Blurred Lines) and Ella Hickson (Boys).

The week-long course is free, and help may be available with travel and accommodation costs. The scheme is open to young people living, working or studying in the South or East of England.

Applicants must be available from April 7–11 and on September 13, which is when the winning plays will be read at the HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Jonty Boustead, senior youth theatre leader at the theatre, said: “We’re really excited to work with HighTide to develop the talents of emerging young playwrights.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to be mentored by inspirational theatre professionals, and to have their work presented at HighTide’s Festival next year.”

The closing date for applications is January 9. To apply, or find out more, visit or contact Freddie Porter on 0207 566 9763 or

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