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Playwriting workshops on the Fylde coast


Jack Holden. Pic: Harry Livingstone
Jack Holden. Pic: Harry Livingstone

Blackpool Grand and Northern Broadsides have teamed up with The Royal Shakespeare Company to offer workshops to blossoming local community-based writers of all ages. The UK-wide 37 Plays - Writing The Stories of our Nation programme is inspired, not surprisingly, by Shakespeare's own 37 plays.

Submissions will be shortlisted by regional and national panels, with the final 37 collated and published so they can be performed in future years.

As part of the innovative scheme for the Fylde, The Grand is hosting an Introduction to Writing workshop and masterclass with Olivier-nominated writer, producer and celebrated English actor Jack Holden on June 10. Join Jack to explore new ways of finding inspiration for the characters and dialogue in your own work.

The workshop will conclude with the sharing of written scenes – read aloud by professional actors – followed by an afternoon masterclass. Northern Broadsides has joined the partnership to run three free Introduction to Writing workshops with theatre director and playwright Hallam Breen – on July 11 at The Old Electric in Blackpool; on July 12 at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham, and on July 21 at Fleetwood Library. Playwriting experience is not required.

Chief executive of Blackpool Grand, Adam Knight, said: “Everyone has a story to tell and, with the guidance and encouragement of Jack Holden and Hallam Breen we’re excited to hear from local people as we put their experiences in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre centre-stage."