Introduction to Playwriting

Where young people aged 15 -18 can explore and develop their creative writing skills.

Sherman Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting programme offers young people aged 15 -18 the opportunity to explore and develop their creative writing skills. Most importantly it’s a place where they can discover their voice and share it with others. We are pleased to offer this completely FREE thanks to the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Every week our young people build their confidence by learning new skills, having fun and making new connections. Our dedicated team lead sessions that are not just about writing. The sessions also focus on things we know are important to our young people like developing social skills, problem solving and collaboration.

Our weekly sessions encourage our young people to experience a variety of approaches to creative and playwriting writing skills. At the end of this term the young people’s writing will be shared through a short season of online work delivered by professional actors and directors.

Introduction to Playwriting is open to everyone aged 15 – 18. We’re aware that every young person develops at their own rate and ability. We aim to provide a nurturing environment, so our young people can make the most of their experiences. If you have any questions about the programme, please don’t hesitate in contacting us on the email below.

Introduction to Playwriting will restart in the Autumn 2022. The sessions will be every Thursday from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Sherman Theatre. Use the link on this page or email for more information.


This June as part of our Summer of Celebration, Sherman Theatre are thrilled to be able to offer FREE creative writing workshops for young people aged 15 – 18, specifically hoping to reach young asylum seekers and refugees, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ young people.

These workshops, part of our hugely popular Introduction to Playwriting programme are places where young people can explore and develop their creative writing skills, as well as sharing their voice with others, with the help of professional writers, directors and actors.

  • On Saturday 18th June we are looking forward to welcoming young people who are from asylum seeking and refugee communities. Find out more.
  • On Saturday 25th June we are looking forward to welcoming young people who would normally find these sorts of activities challenging. Find out more.
  • On Saturday 2nd July we are looking forward to welcoming young LGBTQIA+ people. Find out more.


In addition to our weekly sessions we also support blended learning environments through our FREE video workshop tutorial series.

Theatrical professionals from across Wales and the UK have helped create content that will guide creative writing and theatre making. Each contributor tells us about themselves and their career path, before leading your students through two exercises to enhance their writing skills.

We also provide an activity pack with further information on the exercises and a detailed glossary, enabling you to develop lessons and work schemes.

“I appreciated the friendly, creative environment, and it has made me look forward to writing professionally in the future.”

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