The 37 Plays Podcast

Writing the Stories of our Nation

37 Plays is a new national playwriting project led by the RSC and their partner theatres.

Playwright Mark Ravenhill discusses playwriting tips with an invited guest writer in each episode, and finds out what sparked their interest in writing.

Music composed by Sarah Llewellyn

Lolita Chakrabarti explains why you shouldn’t listen to anybody else before you’ve finished your first draft, Hannah Khalil says you should write just for yourself, and Danusia Samal suggests putting some distance between you and your writing. James Graham looks for the central moment in his characters’ journey, Winsome Pinnock talks about alternating show and tell and Chinonyerem Odimba tells each of her characters a secret.

The Project

2023 will mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first time his plays were brought together in one book. The RSC is marking this anniversary by selecting and celebrating a new series of 37 brand new plays that reflect the world we live in today.

The 37 plays will be announced in April 2023 and will be performed script-in-hand, across the UK and online in autumn 2023.

More info on the project