TYPe It Up


Recognising a real wealth of talented young writers in the city with no artist development schemes to support their ideas, in 2017 TYP launched an exciting new programme designed to offer mentorship, creative space, and a public platform for budding young playwrights in Devon.

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. 


Our first two rounds in 2017 were in partnership with Boston Tea Party in Exeter, where we cleared out the tables and packed out the top floor with people. In 2018, for rounds 3 & 4, we were incredibly fortunate to find a new partnership with the Devon & Exeter Institution. The DEI greatly enriched the programme by offering not only their beautiful space for script sessions and the show, but also year-long writers residencies for TYP's young writers, giving them a creative space to work from in the heart of their city. In 2019, we partnered with the Exeter Fringe Festival, selling out at the Exeter Phoenix and presenting the work of four talented young writers.

"Here goes..."


Connor Allain, 'An Evening With...' (2019)

Have you ever wanted to be on TV? Jim and Sandy from the Exeter Terrestrial Society have made it on to your screens. And they’re here to blow your mind.

Molly Grogan, 'Mask' (2019)

Matthew is having an emergency, and finds himself in his local corner shop at 1 a.m. Little does he know who awaits him there in the crisp aisle...

Kiki Shaw, 'Bird's Mirror' (2019)

Nell’s aunt has gone missing. Again. When she starts to hunt for her, two unexpected visitors bring more than she bargained for.

Maya Webber, 'Midnight Waltz' (2019)

Seven minutes, apparently. That’s how long it takes to fall asleep. Ellie is about to enter dreamland, and we’re coming with her.

Camila Schwartz-Cruz, 'The Sisterhood of Monte Alban' (2018)

Grace Stephens, 'Made To Be Broken' (2018)

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...

contact: e: katherine@theyoungpretenders.co.uk

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