Royal Court Theatre × New National Theatre, Tokyo Playwrights' Workshop
Presented by New National Theatre, Tokyo
Royal Court Theatre
Co-presented by British Council
The Royal Court Theatre inLondon, U.K., holds workshops for playwrights around the world. The New National Theatre, Tokyo joins with the Royal Court Theatre in bringing these workshops to Japan for the first time.
We hope that the young generation of Japanese playwrights, who will in the future be leading Japanese theater, to take this opportunity and join the workshop. Through experiencing various playwriting approaches in the workshop, they will write, further develop and heighten a new piece.
The Royal Court Theatre is referred to as "the writers' theatre". With a history of more than 60 years, it is a "national theatre for new plays" that has nurtured a number of young talent. The long-term workshops for playwrights that the Royal Court Theatre holds around the world will now commence in Japan.
The Royal Court Theatre's Associate Director, Literary Manager and a playwright will visit Japan for the workshops, which will consist of three phases held between May 2019 and June 2020, and work with the Japanese playwrights to create and develop new plays. Reading performances are scheduled at the end of the third phase.
Phase One : May 13 - May 19, 2019
Royal Court's Associate Director Sam Pritchard, Literary Manager Jane Fallowfield and the playwright Alistair McDowall visited Tokyo and facilitated a 7 day long workshop with 14 Japanese playwrights. The workshop was designed for the needs of each writer, explored individual interests, and in the end each writer was asked to propose an outline of a new idea for a contemporary and original play. The first draft of this play was submitted three months after the end of the first workshop. The workshop consisted of group and individual sessions and there was also time for writing.
Phase Two : December 9 - December 15, 2019
The team, predominantly the same, traveled to Japan to work on the plays individually with the writers and did more group work exploring some common problems. This again lasted for 7 days. At the end of this phase, the writers were asked to work on a next draft which were submitted for translation two months after the end of the second workshop.
Phase Three : June 13 - June 21, 2020 (Online Session) / January 12 - January 17, 2021
The team will return for the final phase of development work. The workshop will incorporate actors and each play will be developed through rehearsals. This phase will last for 7 - 10 days, and a reading will take place at the end. At the end of this phase, the writers are given three months to finish the final draft of the play. The plays will then be sent to the UK for English translation.