Playwriting for Ex-prisoners

Synergy’s annual FREE playwriting course for ex-prisoners will return this Autumn. Working with the team at Theatre 503 in Battersea writers will learn how to write a new play from scratch, in 10 weeks, ending with a presentation of their work, performed by a company of professional actors.

The course is a practical introduction to playwriting designed to help participants bring original stories to life on stage. Previous courses have been hosted at The Royal Court, The Tricycle Theatre and Hampstead Theatres and taught by Ola Animashawun, Michael Bhim, Jane Bodie, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Evan Placey and Charlotte Thompson. Extracts from all the plays were performed by professional casts in script-in-hand readings to an invited audience.

If you are interested in taking part in future writing projects or have any enquiries then please call Neil on 020 3034 0787 or email


Playwriting for Prisoners

Synergy delivers playwriting in prisons from one day tasters to intensive writing projects to 10 week courses which enable more time for participants to work between classes. Lead by theatre professionals these courses are suitable for anyone with basic literacy and are based on a writer’s toolkit approach enabling participants to learn how to write a play from scratch. Full courses conclude with presentations of the work by professional actors to audiences of the participants’ peers and staff. Synergy works with local professional theatres in order to create a relationship between local prisons and theatres.

Previous workshops and courses have been successfully delivered in HMPs Birmingham, Brixton, Channings Wood, Downview, Feltham, Forest Bank, Highdown, Highpoint, Hollesley Bay, Holloway, Latchmere House, Leeds, Littlehey, Liverpool, Morton Hall, Pentonville, Rochester, Send, Swaleside, Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs.