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Here are some links to organizations, events and resources supporting and developing the work of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) playwrights. If you know of an organization or event not listed here, please go to inform us and send us the details.

Entries in UK (5)


Brian Way Award (UK)

This Award aims to raise the profile of young peoples theatre, created by professionals, encouraging recognition and respect at home and abroad.

The Award prize is a cheque for £6,000. The Award is made to the writer whose play, in the judges’ opinion, most nearly satisfies the following description:
• a play in which the writing is of special quality
• a play that stimulates the imagination
• a play that demonstrates risk, passion and understanding of young audiences

A panel of independent judges will be appointed whose decision is final. Submitted plays should be by a playwright who must either be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

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Cahoots NI (Northern Ireland, UK) [Theatres that develop new work]

Cahoots NI is a professional children's touring theatre company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Company was formed in 2001 by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney and Zoe Seaton. The Company concentrates on the visual potential of theatre and capitalises upon the age-old popularity of magic and illusion as an essential ingredient in the art of entertaining. Each production is at the centre of a body of outreach work designed to maximise artistic potential, customise the individual theatre experience and extend the imaginative life of the piece beyond the actual event.

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Kazzum (England, UK) [Theaters that develop new work]

Kazzum (pronounced ka-ZOOM) is a theatre company dedicated to producing fresh, relevant theatrical experiences for young audiences up to the age of 16. We put on a wide range of very different shows and spectacles with one thing in common - we want to entertain our audiences, and at the same time inspire them and fire their imaginations.

We produce family shows for children up to the age of eight, and more grown-up shows for young people aged ten and upwards. We don't create shows just to explore issues but, like all good theatre, they are intended to make the audience think. For over twenty years we have been engaging and stimulating young people with work that we hope will create a lasting love of theatre and an understanding of its value.

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Replay Theatre (Northern Ireland, UK) [Theatres that develop new work]

Replay Theatre Company (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has been creating a diverse range of work for younger audiences in schools, art centres, festivals and theatres since 1988, giving many of Northern Ireland’s children and young people their first opportunity to experience live theatre.

At Replay, we believe that theatre finds truth in discussion. By empowering their authentic voice, we aim to grow the possibility and potential of our young audiences – and, to this end, our projects are created through bespoke models of creative consultation with our young audiences. 

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REPwrite (England, UK, International) [play development]

REPwrite is an online Playwriting Resource that will enable schools, theatres, professional writers/artists and creators of drama to develop collaborative plays with anyone in the world.
REPwrite will enable those new to playwriting to go through a step by step guide in how to teach and develop plays and professional artists/writers to work collaboratively digitally and explore new partnerships and ways of writing

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