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TYPe It Up


Recognising a real wealth of talented young writers in the city with no artist development schemes to support their ideas, TYP launched an exciting new programme designed to offer mentorship, creative space, and a public platform for budding young authors in Devon.

TYP are in the final stages of their fourth round of the programme at present. Traditionally, over a series of months, the two writers receive regular mentorship at creative hub Kaleider, from TYP's Executive Director and Associate Playwright, Katherine Stevens and Artistic Director, Lucy Hirst. Following a series of drafts and feedback sessions, the scripts are handed over to Lucy Hirst and a team of TYP company members that set to work on bringing the two scripts to life. 


Since 2018, we are fortunate to have found a new partnership with the Devon & Exeter Institution which has greatly enriched the programme and offers an additional creative shelter for our young writers. 

Tickets are now available for our December showcase featuring 'The Sisterhood of Monte Alban' by 11 year old Camila Schwartz-Cruz and 'Made to be Broken' by 16 year old Grace Stephens. Both pieces will be directed by Katherine Stevens.

Performances will take place on the 4th & 5th December at the Devon & Exeter Institute at 20:00. Tickets: £5.00.

Due to the nature of the building, the capacity is limited. Please email for reservations. 

To find out a little more about our two fabulous female voices, please read below! 

"Here goes..."



Jonny Hibbs, 'Fallen, In Love' (2018)

Kiri Ley, 'Please Turn Over' (2018)

Absana Rutherford, 'The Actor' (2017)

Toby Moran-Mylett, 'Pothole' (2017)

Daniel Sved, 'Tick Tock' (2017)

Mia Fulford, 'Blue Monday' (2017)

In 2017, TYPe It Up candidates were invited by Academy

Award nominee and British screenwriter Matt Charman to

attend an intimate playwriting workshop at his office in London.

This summer, we're delighted to say that we will be returning! Photos to follow...

"I’ve loved writing (and reading) for as long as I can remember. It’s amazing how stories are able to challenge perceptions, create new ideas and give hope. I write in a variety of styles but recently have been thinking more about the interactions between my characters. Although I’ve never tried writing for the stage before, after watching last year’s brilliant TYPe it up performances I was inspired to give it a go. I am so excited that my idea has been chosen and that I have the opportunity to take part in this fantastic TYP project - I can’t wait to get started!” 


"Hi my name is Camila and I am 11 years old. I like writing, reading, athletics, singing and acting. I was born in Mexico and came to England when I was 8 months old . In the past I have been part of Durham Cathedral Young Singers [DCYS]. I played Nala in ‘The Lion King’ and the flower witch in ‘The Snow Queen’. My favourite authors are R.J Palacio and Jaqueline Wilson. When I grow up I would like to be either an author, a Palaeontologist, an actress or a play writer / musical writer ⎯ I saw the musical ‘Hamilton’ and was inspired by it!”