Word by Word Presents:

The First Steps of Playwriting with John Rwothomack

Sunday, 13 February 2022
11:45 – 14:00 GMT (Online)


We are beyond excited to welcome actor, writer & director John Rwothomack to our Word by Word PRESENTS series for the month of February.


From training as an actor, to then tackling theatre directing and finally grappling with playwriting, John Rwothomack, in this writing workshop will draw from his experiences not just as a playwright but also what he learned from the other disciplines of theatre and how best they can be used to help a writer formulate a story.

The workshop will mainly focus on character development in relation to themes and subject matter of the play. Time permitting, we will also look at the process of putting together a play from the initial ideas, to research, and then drafting it in readiness for the rehearsal room.

This workshop will take place on Zoom. Full details, including the Zoom link to join the workshop, will be sent nearer the time. Any queries, please contact wordbywordcollective@gmail.com


This workshop is a camera on or off space - we recognise that not everyone feels comfortable to have their camera on during an online workshop.

+ We are prioritising black, people of colour for these tickets

+ We are especially welcoming people based outside of London to join this online workshop

+ This workshop is open to anyone who would like to have a go (you must be aged 18 or over).

+ Let us know your accessibility needs. Our email is wordbywordcollective@gmail.com, and we will do all we can to provide what you need!

Online meeting guidelines can be accessed here.

What to bring to this online workshop:

+ Please bring a monologue with you (whether written by you or someone else's published work)

+ There will be a Q+A at the end so have a think about any questions you’d like to ask John (whether about playwright specifically or more broadly about the theatre industry)

+ A pen, paper or anything to write/type on

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John Rwothomack is a Ugandan born, London trained, and Sheffield bred and based actor, director and writer.


"As an artist, I aim to bring African stories, culture, and history to the canvas of theatre. This might include creating new pieces about, and with artists from the continent, staging plays that already exist, or adapting classics to an African context. I truly believe the African (Subsaharan African) culture is not present enough in the UK’s theatre scene. As a result, there’s a lower rate of participation both in audience members and practitioners from this sector of the community. I hope that the rich theatrical scene we have in most Subsaharan African countries can be emulated in my productions, and in turn - whilst representing - give families a reason to visit the theatre, and for those that might be interested in a career, give them the audacity to try. For me, theatre has to be more than entertainment. There has to be a reason behind staging anything. It also has to educate, question the narrative and change attitudes. Challenging, I know, but we have to at the very least, try."