The Marlowe
The Marlowe Writers Room

The Marlowe Writers Room

Nurturing a new generation of writers for stage and screen in Kent.

Led by award-winning playwright and resident Marlowe Dramaturg Leo Butler, The Marlowe Writers’ Room brings together aspiring and emerging writers in the local area. In his series of weekly courses, Leo offers a safe space in which to learn, experiment, and meet new people – whether it be the start of a career in writing or a fun new thing to try. Beyond the sessions, participants become part of the growing Writers’ Room community, with long-term access to helpful resources and an ever-larger pool of fellow writers as they continue their writing journey.

The following course is currently available to book. If you have any questions, please email us.

Write A Team Play

Write and perform an original show in this brand-new practical course.

Under the guidance of Leo Butler, you will learn the craft of playwriting, experiment with a range of styles, and, as a writing team, create a new play from scratch.

The play will be conceived during the sessions by excavating personal memories, exploring political themes, considering other plays from across the canon, and freeing the child-like imagination. You will then write and rehearse the scenes during the sessions, and finally present the play to an invited audience.

No previous performance skills are necessary, but – whether you act, sing, dance, or play a musical instrument – they are always welcome.

At the end of the course, not only will you have contributed to the team play, but you will have also learned a variety of playwriting skills to apply to your own work.

No experience necessary.  

Book Wed 1 May – Wed 10 Jul 2024, 6pm-9pm
(Please note, there will be no session on Wednesday 29 May).

10 weeks £60

Max. 15 participants.

Location The Marlowe Theatre and The Marlowe Kit. Find out more about accessing our buildings.

Age 16yrs+

About Leo Butler

Born and raised in Sheffield, Leo Butler is an award-winning playwright. His debut play, Made Of Stone, was produced at the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Festival in 2000. In 2001, he won the George Devine Award for Redundant, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs.

Leo followed Redundant with Lucky Dog (2004) and Faces In The Crowd (2008), also staged at the Royal Court.

As the Writers’ Tutor for the Royal Court’s Young Writers’ Programme between 2006 and 2014, Leo taught and mentored a new generation of acclaimed playwrights.

Other career highlights include the critically-acclaimed Boy for the Almeida Theatre, I’ll Be The Devil for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Early Bird for the Queen’s Theatre Belfast, All You Need Is LSD (which toured the UK with Told By An Idiot), a new version of Woyzeck written for the Birmingham Rep, and Cinderella for Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Leo co-composed (with Dan Persad) and performed in Alison! A Rock Opera at the Royal Court, King’s Head Theatre and in live music venues across London.

Other work includes three plays written specifically for teenagers: Decades (Brit School/Bridge Theatre Company), Devotion (Theatre Centre), and Innocent Creatures (NT Connections).

Film and TV work includes Self Made (Gillian Wearing/UK Film Council) and Jerusalem The Golden (BBC Four).

Leo has a number of new stage and screen projects in development. His plays are published as single editions and as anthologies by Bloomsbury.

Previous courses

Introduction To Playwriting (17–25yrs), Sat 30 Sep – Sat 16 Dec 2023
Introduction To Playwriting (26yrs+), Wed 27 Sep – Wed 13 Dec 2023