How to write a play for yourself with Chinonyerem Odimba

Introduced by Associate Playwright Stef Smith

Tuesday 23 March 2021
11am - 1pm


"I would love to run a workshop for writers about 'Writing a script you hope no-one is ever going to see and the freedom of that'. Like a closed and safe space where we share the shittest, corniest, most impossible ideas, and see how much other people see in what we think is crap." 

Chinonyerem Odimba, 1 February 2021, Twitter


Join writer and poet Chinonyerem Odimba (Unknown Rivers, How To Walk On The Moon) for a workshop to share your most clichéd ideas, your 'never going to happen' projects - and find what is worth exploring. 

What play would you write if you never intended anyone to see it? If you were writing just for your own pleasure. What are the worst, but secretly loved, ideas lurking in the margins of your notebook?

Chinonyerem will explore finding the magic in your idea, and looking for interesting ways to pitch it. This is a workshop about getting it out of your system, mining for gold, and taking ownership of your practice.

No idea is perfect, but showing ideas love and finding others to do the same can make all the difference. Let's come together to "pitch and cheer"!

As part of the workshop, 10 participants will pitch their own idea and receive feedback from the group. Places were available on a strictly first come first served basis. There has been a great deal of interest in this workshop, and all of the places are now filled.


Visit Eventbrite now to book your place. Alternatively, you can email to confirm.

Please let us know if you require live captioning, BSL interpretation, or if there is another way we can make this event more accessible for you. Email to discuss your requirements.


Chinonyerem Odimba is a playwright and screenwriter.

Her plays include: Unknown Rivers (Hampstead Theatre, 2019); Princess and the Hustler (Eclipse Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck Theatre co-production, 2019); Amongst the Reeds (Clean Break, Edinburgh Fringe and Yard Theatre, London, 2016); A Blues for Nia (Eclipse Theatre/BBC); His name is Ishmael (Bristol Old Vic, 2013); The Birdwoman of Lewisham (Arcola, 2015) and Joanne (Clean Break, Soho Theatre, 2015). She is a winner of the Channel 4 Playwrights' Scheme 2016 (formerly the Pearson Playwrights' Scheme).

Her screenplay Scotch Bonnet was filmed by the BBC for The Break, a series of short films.

From April 2021, Chinonyerem will be the new Artistic Director and Chief Executive of
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