A Theatre Masterclass by the Award-Winning Playwright Nick Payne

Posted on 31 January 2013

A first visit by an award-winning, and now internationally celebrated, young playwright, who is one of our own graduates

NICK PAYNE is one of the UK’s leading young playwrights.

‘I do know the real thing when I see it. And Nick Payne, a playwright previously unknown to me, is at the beginning of a great career.’ (John Lahr, The New Yorker)

Nick has been awarded the 2009 George Devine Award, the Harold Pinter’s Playwright’s Award, and the 2012 Evening Standard Award for his highly applauded play Constellations, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in January last year and then transferred into the West End in November, directed by Michael Longhurst, with Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins. 2012 also saw one of his earlier plays, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, enjoy a New York run, with a cast headed by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Nick’s other stage works include Wanderlust (Royal Court, 2010), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres, 2011), and Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre, 2012).

He is currently commissioned by Paines Plough, the Royal Court Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club/Alfred P Sloan Foundation.

Nick is an alumnus of the University of York, having graduated with a degree in English/Writing and Performance in 2006. He then studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and on the Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme.

Nick’s masterclass will begin as an interview, include performances of sequences from Constellations (MS Word , 27kb), and open out into a dialogue with the audience.