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We're celebrating 25 years of Taking Part with a joyous season of work created with our local communities. Find out more.


Neighbourhood Voices is Taking Part’s intensive playwriting programme and we are proud to celebrate our fourth year of running the course. This tailored programme consists of monthly workshops - on form, character, and structure, as well as theatre trips, masterclasses with industry professionals and 1-1 mentoring sessions. 

Led by renowned dramaturg Ola Animashawun, the programme is aimed at local people with a story they want to share. The project works with first time writers, emerging writers and those who didn’t even realise they were a writer. We believe everyone has a story and they should be allowed to share it. 

The programme is COMPLETELY FREE and will culminate in you writing a full-length play. To showcase your writing style, you will be tasked to write a duologue scene which will be performed at the Young Vic with a professional cast and creative team.

The only criteria for applicants is that you are over 25, haven’t written professionally before this course, and live in Southwark or Lambeth. We encourage those with little to no experience and those with access requirements to apply, as the course will be fully accessible. 

Neighbourhood Voices is integral to the work we do in Taking Part and it is fully supported by a team that will offer pastoral support throughout. Community and care are at the heart of this programme. 

To apply please click the button below and fill out the online application form. To apply please fill out form below by the deadline  - 11AM on Fri 11 Mar.  

Key Dates

Monthly workshops (last Saturday of the month) will take place online via zoom from 11am - 4pm. There will be two-weekday masterclass sessions a month with industry professionals and these dates will be confirmed shortly.

Please only apply if you are able to attend and commit to all Saturday sessions listed below.

Sat 26 Mar, 11am - 4pm
Sat 30 Apr, 11am - 4pm
Sat 28 May, 11am - 4pm
Sat 25 Jun, 11am - 4pm
Sat 30 Jul, 11am - 4pm
Sat 27 Aug, 11am - 4pm
Sat 24 Sep, 11am - 4pm
Sat 29 Oct, 11am - 4pm
Sat 26 Nov, 11am - 4pm
Sat 10 Dec, 11am - 4pm

Application deadline  - 11AM on Fri 11 Mar.  All applicants will get a response and you will find out if you have been selected to be on the programme by Fri 18 Mar.

Feel free to email if you have any questions or problems with filling out the online form.


"I wrote my first play, as part of TakingPart Neighbourhood Voices! And my first monologue was artfully performed at the Young Vic theatre! The writing masterclasses with Ola Animashawun were rich creative spaces. I told the story I wanted to tell. Apply, it's stellar."

Masonde Luteta
2021 Neighbourhood Voices writer

"I really enjoyed taking part. I looked forward to attending the sessions and learning from others as we shared and discussed our work. We met amazing talent within the profession giving us confidence. It was rewarding to be invited to see Young Vic productions. The actors who preformed our Monologues did us proud. I have gained in confidence and am proud of myself for embracing the opportunity. It was wonderful to be given the opportunity."

Gennoria Miles
2021 Neighbourhood Voices writer

"The masterclasses on the writing process were so much fun, it really helped me to feel confident and have faith when working on my own project knowing I was learning from experienced and accomplished artists as well! I feel so grateful to have their input and feedback and I would recommend this programme for all writers!"

Neighbourhood Voices Alumni

"The programme was hugely supportive and the masterclasses were inspiring, revelatory, and helped me find my voice as a writer."

Neighbourhood Voices Alumni