Sell a Door launches youth writing programme

Selladoor artistic director David Hutchinson. Photo: Darren Bell Selladoor artistic director David Hutchinson. Photo: Darren Bell
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Touring theatre company Sell a Door has launched a writing programme for young people to create new drama inspired by south-east London.

Ten successful applicants aged 16 to 25 will join writing and producing workshops at Greenwich Theatre over the course of 10 months, and will also visit a number of theatre productions across London.

Each will then create a short play inspired by Greenwich that will be directed and performed by industry professionals.

Sell a Door artistic director David Hutchinson said: “We are delighted to be supporting the next generation of young writers in our home borough of Greenwich, having commissioned and developed new writing for years with regional theatres across the UK.”

He added: “The Greenwich Young Writers’ Group will give a platform for new voices on UK stages, and the course promises to offer participants a diverse and varied insight into the processes behind developing new dramatic work for stages in the UK.”

The course will be led by the company’s creative and learning director, Anna Fox, as well as Sell a Door’s playwright-in-residence Carolyn Kras.

Fox said the company had been working towards the programme “for a long time”.

“We pride ourselves on our outreach work with young people, and have a strong belief in the ability of theatre to empower and inspire,” she added.

The Greenwich Young Writers’ Group is expected to begin in February.