BBC’s The One Show and Shakespeare North Playhouse: ‘As You Write It’

Tue 16 Aug, 2022

As You Write It is an exciting collaboration between Shakespeare North Playhouse and BBC’s The One Show that showcases the work of talented young playwrights, giving them the opportunity to have their work performed on the Cockpit Theatre stage. 

A national writing competition for 7-16 year olds called for young playwrights to submit their work with the chance to see their plays brought to life on the Cockpit Theatre stage at Shakespeare North Playhouse. 


Out of the thousands of entrants received, three talented young writers were selected to develop their plays alongside professional writers and actors including screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell-Boyce.


Head of The One Show Rob Unsworth comments “We’re thrilled to have had the best seats in the house to follow Shakespeare North Playhouse from the early stages of its construction through to its debut production in the Cockpit Theatre- and of course to see the progress of our brilliant competition winners as they’ve taken their plays from page to stage. We can’t wait to see them performed for the first time.”


The plays will be shown on the Cockpit Theatre stage on the 9th and 10th of September,  and will be the first productions to take place using Shakespeare North’s in-the-round formation and the first productions to take place in the Cockpit Theatre. 


Creative director of Shakespeare North Playhouse, Laura Collier says “It’s such an inspiration to see these 3 incredibly talented young playwrights showcasing their work on our very own Cockpit stage. Partnering with The One Show to find Ruby, Ana and Rosie has been a joyous process and I can’t wait to watch their debut productions as they come together under the direction of the brilliant Jude Christian.”


Assisting in the development and direction of these plays is director Jude Christian Working with these young writers has been a joy. The plays are bold, irreverent, searching and surprising- they speak directly to their audiences (in every sense), and I can’t wait to put them on their feet. If Ana, Rosie and Ruby are the future of theatre, we’re in good hands.’ 


The three winners have also had the chance to see their plays designed by set designer Abby Clark ‘It’s been a real pleasure and privilege designing for As You Write It and working with the writers and Jude in translating these three fantastic pieces of writing onto the Shakespeare North Playhouse stage. There’s so much joy, imagination and depth in the three plays that they are each a delight to design for.’ 


As You Write It is unashamedly theatrical, like opening a toy box full of joy! These are bold, generous and confident plays that we think you’ll love. 


Our talented playwrights and their plays are as follows: 


Act 1: All the World’s a Stage by Ruby (15) from Lancashire – a comedy set in modern-day Liverpool. It’s a story about the relationship between a schoolgirl and her imaginary friend – William Shakespeare!


Act 2: Nectarine by Ana (17) from Brighton – a powerful story of friendships, family and relationships. A warm hug of a story that stands up for people’s differences. One big party and we’re all invited.


Act 3: Telling Tales by Rosie (11) from Ayrshire – Who pushed Jack down the hill? Our best loved nursery rhymes have been turned on their head to create a mystery that needs to be solved, and fast!


Inspiring for all ages alike, this show puts young writers and their characters centre stage and gives us a refreshing take on identity and being who you want to be. 


Tickets can be bought online, by telephone or at the shop inside Shakespeare North Playhouse

Booking Line: 03003034204