“One might argue that writing can hardly be taught and Tendulkar and Shakespeare did not come out of workshops, but Writers’ Bloc is more than an attempt to tutor. It is a celebration of the threatened art of playwriting. It is a pat on the back, a word of encouragement and an opportunity to scream ‘we exist’ – just what the Indian playwright needs.” – Pragya Tiwari in the Mumbai Mirror

What is Writer’s Bloc?

Playwriting has always faced extinction – the lure of cinema and television tempting the young writer. In 2002, nurtured by Rage and the British Council, UK’s international organisation for cultural relations, Writers’ Bloc was created as a unique playwrights’ programme, which put the script at the focal point of the theatrical experience.

Writers’ Bloc is an initiative to discover, train and introduce exciting new playwrights to Indian audiences. Since its inception, forty one Indian playwrights have premiered plays through our festivals… playwrights from all over India commenting, in their individual styles and languages, on the world we live in today. From life in a hustling metro to a tiny village in Manipur, from a war torn Kashmir to a middle class man facing redundancy at the work place, from hilarious political spoofs to bitter-sweet tales, thrillers to complex human dramas… the plays have enthralled audiences and led to almost all of our playwrights moving on to even bigger projects.

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The process is at once simple and complex – playwrights from around the country are selected by a panel of theatre practitioners, the prestigious Royal Court Theatre, UK and then put through intensive training workshops. The scripts that emerge are then staged at the Writers’ Bloc Festival which is a collaboration between the British Council, Royal Court Theatre (UK), Jindal South West Foundation, the Bajaj Group and Rage.

Over the years our mentors from the UK have included playwrights April de Angelis, Carl Miller, Vivienne Frantzman; directors Phyllida Lloyd, Ramin Gray, Richard Twyman and Elyse Dodgson, the International Director of the Royal Court.

The process is at once simple and complex – playwrights from around the country are selected by a panel of theatre practitioners, the prestigious Royal Court Theatre, UK and then put through intensive training workshops. The scripts that emerge are then staged at the Writers’ Bloc Festival which is a collaboration between the British Council, Royal Court Theatre (UK), Jindal South West Foundation, the Bajaj Group and Rage.

Over the years our mentors from the UK have included playwrights April de Angelis, Carl Miller and Vivienne Frantzman; directors Phyllida Lloyd, Ramin Gray and Richard Twyman; and Elyse Dodgson, the International Director of the Royal Court.

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