Jemma Kennedy
Thursday 04 April 2019 to Sunday 07 April 2019
National Theatre of Greece, Athens

We are organising a three-day workshop on writing for young audiences in collaboration with the National Theatre of Greece.

The workshop will be taught by Jemma Kennedy, renowned British playwright and playwriting tutor, who has written extensively for young audiences, including plays for the UK’s National Theatre Connections and the Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences. Her adaption of The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain is currently running at the Rex Theatre, with a cast of thirteen professional actors.

The three-day playwriting workshop will explore the fundamentals of creating stage work for a young audience. A variety of different approaches will be covered, including how to adapt children’s literature for the stage, creating a theatrical language, and developing original ideas.

The workshop will explore the fundamentals of creating stage work for a young audience. A variety of different approaches will be covered, including:

  • developing original ideas and playwriting
  • adaptation children’s literature for the stage
  • creating a theatrical language and stagecraft
  • art proposals for cultural organisations.


Participation in the workshop is free. Το apply, send a short CV and an expression of interest by email to

Deadline for applications: 28 March 2019

Please note that places are limited and workshop applications will be reviewed and selected based on their relevance to the subject matter of the workshop.

A good command of both written and spoken English is essential.


  • Thursday 4 April 2019, 10.00–16.00
  • Friday 5 April 2019, 10.00–16.00
  • Saturday 6 April 2019, 10.00–16.00
  • Sunday 7 April 2019 (optional)
    Short presentations / Closing remarks
    Time to be confirmed
Where Rex Theatre
48 Panepistimiou Street
106 78 Athens

Open discussion

The workshop will also feature a special guest speaker, Justin Audibert, the new Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre in the UK, a historic and renowned organisation with significant impact on theatre for young audiences.

On the occasion of his visit, an open discussion will take place with the participation of Artistic Director at the National Theatre Stathis Livathinos, Head of the Youth Stage at the National Theatre Sophia Vgenopoulou, Justin Audibert, Jemma Kennedy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, director Sophia Paschou, chairwoman at Network for Education Chara Tsoukala and theatre educator Lakis Kouretzis.

Journalist Maria Kryou will open and moderate the discussion.

The discussion will be conducted in Greek with simultaneous interpretation for the guest speakers.

When Saturday 6 April 2019, 17.30
Where Nikos Kourkoulos Stage
Ziller Building
22–24 Agiou Konstantinou Street
104 37 Athens

Admission is free on a first come, first served basis.

About Jemma Kennedy

Jemma Kennedy’s recent plays include Genesis Inc. for the Hampstead Theatre, The Prince and the Pauper and The Summer Book for the Unicorn Theatre, Don’t Feed the Animals for National Theatre ConnectionsThe Grand Irrationality for Lost Theatre Studios, The Gift for the New Vic Theatre’s Hoard Festival and Second Person Narrative for Tonic Theatre. Forthcoming stage work includes an adaptation of Sally Gardner’s award-winning novel Maggot Moon and a stage musical, Electric Ladies. Jemma has taught playwriting extensively in the UK, including at the National Theatre, where she created New Views, an online playwriting course for young people. Her playwriting book How to Build A Play will be published later this year by Nick Hern Books.

Further information

For further information, please email Julia Diamantopoulou at

The workshop is part of Athens 2018 World Book Capital – City of Athens.