From 2010 the Jack

has been home to the Jack Writers’ workshop. We run an annual workshop programme which is open to playwrights of all experiences. The course offers

  • 8 sessions, which run over a four month period
  • The cost per workshop place is £95
  • At the end of the course selected pieces are performed at the Jack Studio Theatre

Our new workshop season starts in October 2016.

Playwrights are invited to join the 2016 season of new writing workshops at the Jack Studio Theatre. Workshops are led by the theatre’s Literary Manager and playwright, David Bottomley.

The Jack Writers’ Workshop is a dynamic hub for emerging contemporary theatre writing in south London. The group will meet at the Jack Studio Theatre on Monday evenings, (7.30pm – 9.30pm).

Together we will be expanding skills and understanding of writing in a friendly group environment. The sessions cover pitching a synopsis, creating three-dimensional characters, conflict, dialogue, status, structure and plotting, through writing exercises, workshopping, readings and group feedback. These tools can then be applied to scripts in progress, or to support writers in the creation of a short ten-minute play.

We are seeking writers with a strong commitment to attend every session in order to sustain their development.

The season is divided into eight sessions and gives you the opportunity to submit a script (or scene extract) from the workshop for performance at the Jack Studio Theatre. Selected scripts will be premiered at a one-off special performance in Spring 2017.

The sessions will be held at the Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 2DH, on Monday evenings (dates are subject to alteration if the theatre is unavailable).

Dates for 2016-2017:  31st October, 14th November, 28th November, 5th December, 9th January, 23rd January, 3oth January, 13th February.

Please note that places are limited, and allocated on a first come basis. The workshop is suitable for writers with experience as well as those new to playwriting.

To book a place, please email us at including your name, contact number and a brief outline of your writing CV, or for those new to script writing why you wish to attend this course.

Your place will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment (an invoice with bank details will be provided). The cost will be £95.00 payable in advance for this season.

Any questions please email David at