Playwriting: Kaite O’Reilly’s Mentoring Course at Ty Newydd, 2012.






Playwriting: Mentoring Project with Kaite O’Reilly

April 20 – 22 and October 12 – 1 4  (2 weekends)

This unusual course offers emerging playwrights the rare opportunity of developing a new short play (30 minutes maximum) with guidance, tuition, and dramaturgical feedback over a six month period by award winning writer Kaite O’Reilly. It is designed for those who have already completed at least one short script and who are committed to developing a new play for live performance in a supportive but professional environment, working to deadlines.

The project will begin at a residential weekend course in Spring (April 20 – 22) where successful applicants will develop their idea for a new play with Kaite over a series of workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one ‘tutorials’. Participants will be expected to arrive with a strong embryonic idea for their short play, which will be developed over the first weekend, with practical classes in storylining, creating consequential action, conflict, and complex, motivational characters, amongst other dramaturgical concerns.

The participants will then commit to delivering a first draft of their script to Kaite three months after this initial weekend. They will receive an in-depth reader’s report on the script by Kaite, with feedback on plot, structure, pace, character, style and theme, etc, with guidance on further development in the next draft.

Participants will revise the scripts over a further three months and resubmit them prior to the final short residency in Autumn (October 12 – 14). The content of this intense workshop weekend will be structured around the submitted second drafts, responding directly to the emerging writers’ needs, offering tailor-made workshops and exercises to strengthen the scripts further. There will also be the opportunity for the completed scripts to be given a script-inhand reading in the theatre in the village.  

Owing to the unique form of this course and the individual attention that will be given, there will only be 8 participants. If you wish to apply please send your booking form with a short writing history.

Contact Tŷ Newydd
Postal address:
Tŷ Newydd
LL52 0LWTelephone: 01766 522 811Fax: 01766 523095 E-mail:


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