Last year, as part of Black History Month, Southwark Playhouse established a brand new writing group, the Black Writers’ Collective.

Across a series of workshops with writers and theatre professionals, the group devised a piece titled Our Future, Our Hopes that explored the past, present and future of the Black British experience.

This summer, Southwark Playhouse is relaunching the Black Writers’ Collective under the leadership of award-winning playwright and actor Yolanda Mercy. The project will run for ten weeks, from Saturday 25th July to Saturday 26th September, with all sessions taking place via Zoom and entirely free of charge.

So, if you’re aged 16 to 25, live in Southwark or Lambeth and are interested in writing, maybe you could be one of the fifteen creatives from Black British, African or Caribbean background in this year’s Black Writers’ Collective.

Applications should be sent via email to Southwark Playhouse’s Youth and Community Director, David Workman (

Find out more about this opportunity here.