Leading Playwrights Join University of Salford's Creative Writing Teaching Team

Thursday 11 September 2014

Two of the country’s leading playwrights are to join the teaching team at the University of Salford.

Students on the MA Creative Writing: Playwriting will have the opportunity to learn from Louise Page and Michael Wynne. The course is a unique collaboration between the University of Salford and three leading regional theatres: the Royal Exchange, Manchester; Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; and the Octagon Theatre Bolton. Students learn 'on site' in the theatres, as well as at the University's state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus.

Louise Page, whose works for stage include Salonika (Royal Court), House Wives (Derby Theatre), Beauty and the Beards (Old Vic), and Golden Girls (RSC), is renowned for dealing with difficult and diverse themes such as war, death, and domestic difficulties.

A highly experienced tutor, she has been Yorkshire Television's Fellow in Drama and Television, and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and brings an impressive track record of writing and production to her role as Playwriting tutor. Louise will work closely with students as they develop their own play scripts.

Michael Wynne is an Olivier Award winning playwright. His first play,The Knocky, was performed at the Royal Court Theatre and Liverpool Everyman - and was awarded the Meyer Whitworth Award for Best New Play and Liverpool Echo Arts Award for Best New Talent. Subsequent works The Priory (Royal Court) andSell Out (Frantic Assembly) won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and Time Out Best Off West End Play Award, respectively. Michael’s play Hope Place was specially commissioned and performed for the opening season of the new Everyman in Spring 2014.

Michael takes the role of Senior Playwright and will deliver master-classes in which he shares his insights into writing for the stage.

Now in its second year, this innovative programme goes from strength to strength, with current students already achieving notable successes.

Jayne Marshall, 2013-14 student, said: “I have gained essential insights into theatre craft, which I have successfully applied to my work... My new play has been chosen to be part of this year's 24:7 Theatre Festival.”

For more information about the programme and to apply, please visit the MA Playwriting Course Finder page