Write for YPPT
Have you ever dreamed of seeing your work performed on stage? We are always looking for new scripts that will engage young audiences and performers, and welcome stories from all over the world. We welcome ideas from established authors, enthusiastic amateurs and even first-time writers! If you are interested in writing for us, please have a read of the guideline document below, and then contact us, either by calling 07914 830730 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then get in touch with you if we think your story will work within our format. We recommend that you discuss your proposed story with us before you turn it into a script, as we like to work with writers to develop their ideas and ensure that their work is successful in the context of our projects. Unfortunately we cannot pay up front for scripts, but if your script is eventually accepted for inclusion in our library of scripts, you will receive a royalty every time a school selects it for use in a project.
YPPT SCRIPT Guidelines
You can download our full guidelines for successful scripts here. Please read them carefully as scripts that do not follow the guidelines are unlikely to be suitable for our projects. A few important characteristics of a successful script are:
- 6000-7000 words long (including stage directions, name of character speaking etc.)
- 45-60 minutes including time for scene changes while the narrators talk
- 4-6 different sets (though each of these can be used for multiple scenes)
- 10-14 characters overall, not including the narrators (some of these can be minor characters)
- 2-3 human narrators who continue the story in some way during scene changes. This can be done “newsreader-style” or in character. Usually the narrators don’t interact with the puppets during the scenes – talk to us if you have an idea that involves this.
- A limited number of animal puppets (max. 3) and they are not main characters (due to the technical difficulty of making these)
- Some magic and/or special effects - effects that are difficult in normal theatre are possible with puppets. For example, previous shows have had smoking cauldrons, forests and rivers appearing from nowhere, and straw turning into gold on stage. Please contact us if you have any questions about what might be possible.