Gaiety School of Acting
Playwriting for Beginners

Playwriting for Beginners


Playwriting for beginners will take students on the journey of writing their first play. From inception to fruition – the first idea to the first draft.
The course will give students the tools to generate their own work – focusing on character, story and structure.



The course will be taught by Lee Coffey.

Lee is a writer based in Dublin. He is a founding member and Artistic Director of contemporary theatre company Bitter Like A Lemon.

He was one of six writers selected for the 2018 New Playwrights Programme to mark the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s 50th year celebrations. He was a participant in Six In The Attic in 2018 – 2019, an Irish Theatre Institute initiative to support and promote emerging creative talent. He was also a participant in the prestigious Rough Magic SEEDS programme in 2016 – 2017.

Lee’s play In Our Veins – commissioned by Dublin Port Company – had a hugely successful run on the Peacock Stage at The Abbey Theatre in 2019. His debut play Leper + Chip has been performed to great acclaim at Theatre Upstairs, Project Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (nominated for the Broadway Baby 5 Star Award and the National Student Drama Award for Best Play) Electric Picnic, Lyric Theatre, Belfast and axis:Ballymun, Cork. It was also produced by Inis Nua Theatre Company in Philadelphia, USA. Other productions include Peruvian Voodoo (Theatre Upstairs), Slice, the Thief (Smock Alley, axis:Ballymun), Murder of Crows (Theatre Upstairs, Project Arts Centre, Garter Lane, Lyric Theatre Belfast), From All Sides (Dublin Fringe Festival), The radio play The Matron as a part of Dead Air (Bram Stoker Festival) The Tenements (Collaborations, Smock Alley) and 24 Hour Plays (Abbey Theatre). In 2020 Leper + Chip and Slice, The Thief were adapted for film as a part of Dublin Port Company’s The Pumphouse Presents: alongside axis:Ballymun, Anu and Fishamble.

Lee was recently awarded an Arts Council Commission Award to write his new play The Fortune Brothers for axis:Ballymun. His new play G.O.D. (Good. Orderly. Direction.) will premiere in Dublin Theatre Festival October 2022.

Empty Empty Empty Empty Empty Empty
Thursday 20 Apr - 15 Jun Temple Bar 7 pm - 9 pm €350 Book

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.