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The Queen’s invites budding writers to sign up with our unique playwriting course led by well-known author Philip Ayckbourn this autumn.

Son to one of the UK’s most famous living playwrights Sir Alan Ayckbourn, writing is in Philip’s blood! He will be heading up the Saturday Writers’ Room Autumn Playwriting Course, which will be bursting with secrets to penning great plays.

The programme will take place at the Theatre in three-hour workshops over the course of six Saturdays this season – 13 and 20 September, 4 and 18 October and 1 and 15 November, from 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Skills taught include developing characters, action, plot and storyline.

All plays written by participants on the course will then be performed by members of cut to the chase…, the Queen’s Theatre’s professional resident company of actor-musicians, as rehearsed readings in the Foyer at the Spring WriteNight. The event follows on from the success of previous WriteNights, showcasing extracts of comedies and dramas by Havering playwrights.

The course is part of the Queen’s Theatre’s New Writing Programme, which aims to encourage and develop new writing talent.

Patrick O’Sullivan, the Queen’s Education and Outreach Manager, says: “Here at the Queen’s, we firmly believe it is important to encourage new writing. This  is a golden opportunity for budding authors to have a platform for their work at a professional venue with professional actors.”

Places cost £50. Book your place now by calling the Box Office 01708 443333 or book online.