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Oxford Playhouse Launches Community Playmaker Initiative, to Encourage People of All Ages to Write Their Own Play

[caption id=“attachment_49181” align=“alignright” width=“640”] Oxford Playhouse Playmaker writer Carolyn Lloyd Davies Credit Geraint Lewis.[/caption]

Oxford Playhouse has launched a new creative opportunity, Community Playmaker, inviting the people of Oxfordshire to write a play themselves, with support from the Oxford Playhouse team.

Community Playmaker forms an integral part of the Playhouse Plays On: Creativity Continues programme of work, happening whilst the Playhouse is temporarily closed due to the Covid 19 restrictions on public gatherings.

Community Playmaker is designed to get people of all ages and all experience levels writing and sharing their plays and provides an opportunity to be creative whilst staying at home.  It draws on the knowledge and experience that the theatre has established from running its usual playwriting schemes for children and adults of all ages.

Resources are available on the Playhouse website to help get people started. New content will be released each week on the website, to support writers every step of the way.  These resources include blog posts written by new and emerging playwrights from the 2020 Playhouse Playmakers programme that share insights into how they begin to write a play, and templates designed to help younger writers craft their initial ideas.

The Playhouse will read and provide feedback on all submissions that are emailed to, and will share pieces on the Playhouse website, with the permission of the authors, for people to read and enjoy.

Laura Elliot, Programme Director Oxford Playhouse commented: In these unprecedented times Oxford Playhouse wants to continue to keep people uplifted and inspired through creative activities.  Community Playmaker is our latest offering to encourage people to have a go at playwriting, with resources and guidance from our creative team and 2020 Playhouse Playmakers.  We are looking forward to reading your stories.”

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all performances scheduled at Oxford Playhouse and the Burton Taylor studio have now been suspended until 8 June 2020.  Oxford Playhouse will review future performances in the coming weeks.

Louise Chantal, Director / CEO Oxford Playhouse commented:
“I am very proud of the Playhouse staff for their rapid response to our temporary closure, and their determination to make sure Oxfordshire stays creative during this period.   Our audiences have already shown their support for the theatre, and we want to ensure we continue to entertain and engage our community throughout this time.  Community Playmaker seemed like a natural extension to our existing writing programmes.  #staycreativeoxfordshire!”

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