Co-Created Storytelling Workshop with Freedom Studios

A 2-day playwriting workshop exploring storytelling for performance and co-creation processes


A group of artists brainstorming ideas with pens and paper

Do you want to learn playwriting skills and be part of a group that explores stories and shares ideas?

We’ve partnered with Freedom Studios for a two-day workshop on storytelling and playwriting. In this workshop, we will explore what stories mean to you and what stories you think need to be told, and then work together to bring those stories to life in a theatrical way. This workshop is aimed at participants who are interested in playwriting, telling stories in a theatrical way or theatre-making.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for anyone interested in storytelling for performance, specifically those with little experience in professional playwriting. You might not have experience of playwriting, working in theatre, or co-created practice, but should be interested in learning new skills and sharing ideas.

Participants must live or work in Bradford, or have a demonstratable connection to the district.

What will this workshop cover?

Areas of skills development the workshop will explore are:

  • Why do we tell stories
  • What type of stories do you want to tell
  • How to create characters
  • How to write dialogue
  • How to structure a story
  • What co-creation means

From the work we create in these sessions, Bradford-based playwright Kat Rose-Martin will go on to create a short play. This short play will be performed by a professional actor as part of Freedom Studios, Bradford Voices project in March 2024 with all participants of this workshop credited as co-creators.

Join the ballot

We have 10 places available for this 2-day workshop and to make it as fair as possible, we are selecting participants through a ballot process. To register your interest in the workshop, please complete our ballot form by midday on Wednesday 10 January 2024.

Join the ballot

Meet the creative team

Shazia Ashraf

Freedom Studio Creative Associate and workshop leader

Shazia is a West Yorkshire-based writer/director. She had her initial writing and directing training from Leeds Playhouse and Freedom Studios in Bradford. She began ‘My Big Phat Writer’s Group’ @mbpwg which has now been running for over ten years. Her work includes: Peacocks, Theatre in the Mill; Sweets & Chocolates with Kali Theatre/RADA; 99% Halal, Kala Sangam; and Reservoir Rami, Theatre Deli.

Kat Rose-Martin


Bradford-born and based, Kat is a writer/actor and inaugural winner of the Kay Mellor Fellowship. She has been nominated for the RTS Yorkshire One to Watch this year. In 2020 she was part of BBC Writersroom Northern Voices.  In 2021 she was selected for SKY COMEDY REP – a writer’s scheme with Birmingham Rep Theatre and Sky.

Read more about Kat Rose-Martin

Bursaries and access support

We can provide bursaries and cover access costs to enable you to attend these workshops. Please let us know what you need on confirmation of your place.

Bursaries are a contribution towards your time to help you attend when you might otherwise be working. You can claim up to £75 per day.  To help us support as many people as we can, please only claim this fund if it’s something that you need.

Access costs are for additional costs you may have to pay to enable you to attend; things like disability support, sign language interpretation, childcare, or digital access support.

We do not means-test or ask you to prove that you need this financial support, but we need to agree in advance on what costs we will cover (wherever possible) and will ask you to provide receipts to claim costs back from us. So that we can continue to provide access support to people who may not otherwise be able to participate in our programmes, please only apply for bursaries or access funds if you need them.

About Freedom Studios

Freedom Studios is a new writing theatre company based at the very heart of Bradford. They celebrate the voices of South Asian and ethnically diverse people, young people, and working-class communities. They do this by harnessing the power of new plays, writer development and co-creation to tell their stories.

“Freedom Studios- a pioneering voice for Black, Asian, and working-class theatre in Bradford”
The Yorkshire Post


Co-Created Storytelling Workshop with Freedom Studios Training Sessions:

Co-Created Storytelling Workshop with Freedom Studios

24 - 24 January 2024

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