Street Voices 9!

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Freedom Studios is looking for writers with distinctive voices and interesting perspectives for its free 6 month playwriting course. This course is for writers with some level of previous writing experience, i.e. you may have already had some success with writing short plays, prose and poetry.

  • Are you looking for the next step up? And want to learn in-depth about playwriting and working in the arts?
  • We welcome writers who may have been writing creatively in other forms and are looking to broaden their skills


What we offer:

  • Writing workshops over a period of 6 months with an experienced playwright
  • Masterclasses and Q&A’s with experienced creatives
  • Support and advice from theatre-makers and industry professionals
  • Opportunities to see plays, events and performances 
  • Performance of your work
  • Safe and friendly environment to try out ideas


Course Dates:

Saturday mornings at Kala Sangam, November 2022 to April 2023


What we are looking for:

Distinctive voices and interesting perspectives with an ability to write and the potential to develop. A willingness to take risks and try out new ideas along with a commitment to attend all course dates. 

We are committed to increasing access, so will look to work with participants to remove as many barriers as is practical. 

You must be over 18 and based in Yorkshire. Individuals from non-White and other under-represented backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply.

To apply please send the below to hello@freedomstudios.co.uk:

  • An idea for a short play that you want to write and why? (up to 300 words or a voice or video recording of no more than two minutes)
  • How this course will benefit you as a writer? (up to 200 words or a voice or video recording of no more than two minutes)

If there is a more accessible way for you to apply please suggest at your earliest convenience and no later one week before the deadline. We will do our best to accommodate all.

  • One example of your writing. Please send up to 2 pages of play writing only.  (We will accept other samples of writing but you will need to show an understanding of writing dialogue).
  • When submitting your application please send it to us with SV9 and your name in the subject field of the email. Please also add your name and contact details to any of the documents that you send in.


Deadline for applications: Friday October 21st, 5pm.

Applicants selected for interview will be informed by October 25th and interviews will take place following that either in Bradford or via zoom.

As this is a formal application, there will be feedback available should you wish. Please indicate in your application if you wish to receive this at the end of the process.

All applications will be acknowledged by return email. If you do not receive acknowledgment by October 24th, please call the office to confirm – do not call under any other application related circumstances. 


Who We Are: 

Freedom Studios is a theatre company based in Bradford. A company committed to its core values and its mission to ‘nurture new and experienced artists in Bradford with a view to bringing together audiences and communities by creating new work and other opportunities for them to engage with the arts.’

The company is known for its artist development programmes which include Introduction to Playwriting, Street Voices, attachments as Associate Artists as well as directing opportunities. The company also runs a growing and vibrant youth theatre on Saturday mornings for 11-19 year olds and delivers bespoke workshops in schools in the area. The company’s productions are known for their non-theatre settings with successful productions such as Aaliyah (after Antigone) by Kamal Kaan, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile by Lisa Holdsworth, When We Were Brothers by Ben Tagoe and North Country by Tajinder Singh Hayer. 

The company is headed by Dermot Daly, Associate Artistic Director, and Mark Hollander, Executive Director, supported by Steve McCabe, Finance Manager, Joanna Jowett, Marketing Consultant, Chris O’Connor, Social Media and Website Manager and Duncan Clarke, PR. 

For an informal conversation please contact Dermot Daly, Associate Artistic Director, 


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