Gben!/Write! Playwriting Taster Workshop. For Young People aged 16-25 of African Caribbean Heritage in memory Osa Omorogbe


Young people aged 16-25 interested in playwriting, and of African Caribbean heritage, are invited to take part in an afternoon taster workshop to develop their writing skills. This fun, practical workshop will explore storytelling inspired by stories, through a mixture of writing exercises and discussion. No experience necessary.

Up to eight young writers from the taster workshop will be awarded a bursary worth over £1000 and a place on a further playwriting course, where they will learn the art of playwriting from two of the region’s most respected theatre practitioners, Gez Casey and Paul James, with additional support from writing mentors.

The full course runs over five sessions on Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 9pm between Wednesday 1 and wednesday 29 March 2017. Students will gain transferable skills including verbal and written communication, collaborative working, problem solving and an ability to act on constructive criticism. The course culminates in a celebratory event where the students’ plays will be performed by professional actors in front of an audience at Live Theatre, Newcastle. The course can also form part of an Arts Award project.

Gben!/Write! is a brand new playwriting course for writers of African Caribbean heritage, aged 16 to 25 in memory of Osa Omorogbe by his children Jane and Owen, mutual friend and artist Peter Adegbie, and Waka Waka Africa North East. Osa Omorogbe was a playwright, actor, story-teller and dancer born in Nigeria, but who lived in Newcastle for more than 45 years. He was the founder and artistic director of ‘Shakers and Movers’ – an association set up to promote understanding and celebration of our cultural diversity through the presentation and performance of the arts.

‘Gben’ means ‘write’ in Edo, the language spoken primarily in Edo State, Nigeria.

Eligibility: the workshop, and bursary is open to young people aged 16-25, from an African Caribbean background who are based in Tyne & Wear

For more information or if you have further question please email


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