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Distillery Writers Participant Callout, The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton


Taunton Brewhouse are delighted to offer eight emerging performance writers the opportunity to participate in a free eight week writing course as part of its new Distillery programme for developing artists.

This course will help writers develop their skills, meet like-minded people, and have the chance to see their work performed and directed by professionals as part of a live rehearsed reading.

You are eligible if you are:

 – An emerging artist, recent graduate, or individual returning to the arts or already working in the arts and seeking to learn a new skill

– A writer with an idea you are passionate about being told

– A writer whose work has not been professionally performed, produced or published

Sessions take place on:

Wednesdays from 29 Sept – 17 Nov 2021, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Stephanie Kempson, director, dramaturg and writer, will be leading Distillery Writers at Taunton Brewhouse. She is a recipient of the Bristol Old Vic Leverhulme Scholarship (2019), attended the National Theatre’s Emerging Director Scheme (2017), is a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio and her theatre company, Sharp Teeth Theatre, is an associate of theWardrobe Theatre. Stephanie has also run workshops for Salisbury Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres, and Egg Theatre, Bath.

Taunton Brewhouse wants to make Distillery Writers as accessible and inclusive as possible. They are offering a limited number of bursary places to support with the cost of travel to and from the venue.

For further information and to apply please go to

Applications close on 16 August 2021.

For any further questions, please email:

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