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Sherman Theatre launches scheme to introduce teenagers to playwriting

Sherman Cymru in Cardiff will offer budding directors the chance to work in both English and Welsh. Photo: Simon Gough

Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre has launched a new initiative to introduce young people to playwriting.

The Introduction to Playwriting course, aimed at people aged 15 to 18, will be led by Sherman Theatre associate director David Mercatali [1] and playwright Brad Birch, alongside other leading Welsh or Wales-based playwrights.

Supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the course is free to attend and aims to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds, or those who face barriers to engaging with the arts, to participate.

Travel will be provided for participants through a dedicated mini-bus.

The course will be a three year project, with at least ten participants at the start who will have the chance to complete all three years, with more participants joining at the start of years two and three. The Sherman hopes to have engaged with 200 participants by the end of the three years.

The Sherman Theatre’s artistic director Rachel O’Riordan [2] said: “I am delighted to announce this new project; Sherman has been at the heart of new Welsh writing in recent years.

“We are so excited to mentor the next generation of writers. Most especially, we are delighted to provide opportunities for talented young people from backgrounds that may not make a career in the arts feel viable, or even tangible. We are committed to making these voices heard.”

The course begins on October 13. A launch event for potential participants to find out more about the scheme will take place at the Sherman Theatre at 6pm on September 11.