Learn to write for the stage at popular theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:39 11 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:39 11 April 2019

A new writing workshop will be held at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield this summer. Picture: Seagull Theatre

A new writing workshop will be held at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield this summer. Picture: Seagull Theatre


Aspiring writers will be able to develop their skills as a series of workshops are held at a popular venue.

The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield has unveiled a course in writing for the theatre, as part of a successful partnership with the Suffolk Community Foundation and the Harris Fund.

A series of linked workshops on writing and creating new material for the Theatre over three Tuesdays – June 11, June 25 and July 9 – this summer, which will be led by Mark Finbow.

Over the course of the three workshops, participants will be supported to explore the unique challenges and benefits of writing pieces for performance on a live stage as they work with a professional writer, director and actor.

Those taking part will gradually develop their own small scale work, a selection of which will then be produced and staged at the Seagull later in July.

Having developed numerous new pieces of theatre throughout his career, Mr Finbow will be able to support potential new writers to shape their ideas and craft them into pieces which can be staged in an initial performance.

Since graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), he has run his own successful production company – The Keepers Daughter – which has a track record of launching new pieces of theatre across the eastern region.

Mr Finbow said: “I’m thrilled to be working with the Seagull Theatre and Suffolk Community Foundation, to offer local residents the chance to develop their writing for the Theatre.

“Live performance is a specific genre of writing with its own unique challenges. It would be great to build a new community of writers in Lowestoft.”

Karen Read, Seagull Theatre manager, said: “The Seagull is committed to transforming our local community through the arts and this project is a wonderful opportunity for Lowestoft’s aspiring writers to get involved and improve their skills.”

Participation in the Seagull Theatre New Writing Workshops is open to any non-professional writers who wish to develop their skills specifically for writing for the Theatre.

To book a place on the workshops, call the Seagull Theatre on 01502 589726 or email

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