Writer Sarah McDonald-Hughes leads this workshop where we’ll look at writing plays for children and young people. We'll explore how to create work which captivates and excites young audiences.

After the session, all writers attending this workshop are invited to submit a short piece of work to the Octagon to receive written feedback from the Literary team. 

Please note that this is an online Zoom workshop. 

Sarah McDonald-Hughes

Sarah is an actor and writer from Manchester.

Plays include: SHERBET (Octagon), TURBINES, HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough); BLACKOUT (Dukes Lancaster) THE MANCHESTER PROJECT (Monkeywood Theatre/HOME/National Theatre), TRIAL, MULTI STORY (Octagon/Monkeywood), WONDROUS PLACE (Northern Spirit/Liverpool Unity/Sheffield Crucible/Northern Stage/Royal Exchange), FLESH (Monkeywood Theatre/Royal Exchange), BY FAR THE GREATEST TEAM, ONCE IN A HOUSE ON FIRE, MAINE ROAD (Monkeywood Theatre), THE TREE, NIGHT TRAIN (Action Transport Theatre), OUR PALS and THE NORTH (Royal Exchange Studio).

Radio includes: THE ARCHERS, BLIND SCHOOL, A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS, DAD, TAKE ME TO REDCAR, MAINE ROAD (BBC Radio 4). She recently wrote a podcast adaptation of TRACY BEAKER for CBBC. Television includes numerous episodes of DOCTORS for BBC1.

Sarah works regularly as an actor in theatre, television and radio and is Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning Monkeywood Theatre. She is currently part of THE ARCHERS regular writing team.

Sarah won the 2018 Writers' Guild Award for her play HOW TO BE A KID and the 2017 National Octagon Prize for her play SHERBET, co-written with Curtis Cole.

Additional information


Online Zoom Workshop


Wednesday 25 November, 7-8.30pm






Tickets £7