Free Drama Workshops at the Royal Court Theatre in April-May 2018

On International Women’s Day 2018, nine of the Royal Court Theatre’s female employees announced a new series of free acting workshops and discussions starting in April as part of the #TakeUpSpace movement. The workshops are created with the aim to further empower women in the arts, to champion the growth of female leadership and to interrogate the current state of creative industries.

This year we celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act in 1918, which gave some women the right to vote but how do we envision the next 100 years for women? This workshop invites women of all ages to imagine an ideal future and to propose ways in which we can challenge inequality. 

Women Offstage is a workshop showcasing offstage roles for women looking to start a career in theatre. The event will include a brief guided backstage tour following a workshop with members of the Production Department and Stage Management team. It will explore the opportunities available in these departments in order to encourage more women to take up space backstage.

The Script Club meets once a month to discuss a play written by a female playwright. The recurring event will be discussion-based and participants are encouraged to bring their own knowledge of female-led work to the discussion. 

Too often young women are being silenced, patronised or ignored. Empowerment workshop creates a space for women aged 14-18 to voice their opinion and ask questions through a series of acting games, exercises and discussions, so they can be empowered to take up space and be the activists of their own future.

A play in a Day is workshop for those who’ve never written a play before, but have a story that they want to tell. No previous writing experience necessary. This aim of this session is that by the end of the day, everyone will have written a short play (20-30 mins) that they will take away with them.