writing and directing workshop on Saturday 21 March 2020

Writer Henry Naylor and director Louise Skaaning will conduct a workshop teaching you the basics of making a scene for the theatre. Between them they have won many of the world’s leading Fringe Awards.They will teach you how to write a scene with engaging characters and strong arcs; and then they’ll show you how to direct it, and stage it! A lot to cram in in six hours… but let’s do it!

Date and time

Saturday 21 March 2020

10:00 – 13:00 Writing workshop with Henry Naylor (UK)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break (lunch not included)
14:00 – 17:00 Directing and staging workshop with Louise Skaaning (DM)


Ruimte voor Helden
Sint Jacobstraat 137, 2512 AN Den Haag
(750 meters from the Central Station, 9 minutes walk)

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All levels of experience welcome, no preparation needed. Aspiring writers and directors as well as professionals will equally find relevant information and can practice their skills.


€95 / participant (inc VAT) and unlimited coffee and tea. Follow the link to buy tickets in the STET Ticketshop! There is a maximum of 12 places available for the workshop day.

About the workshop leaders

Henry Naylor (British writer)

Naylor is recognized as one of the best contemporary playwrights in the UK. In the past 4 years, his plays have won, or been nominated for 32 international awards.

In 2016, he joined J.K. Rowling in having written one of the 10 Best Plays Of The Year by The Times. He is one of only a handful of writers to have won the Fringe First three times, and has won four of the top five Fringe awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. Three of his plays have had month long runs Off-Broadway, and in 2017 alone there were over 300 public performances of his work, over five continents. His work has been translated into eight languages.

Grab this unique opportunity to get an insight into how he works, writes, selects themes and learn about his writing methods first-hand.

Louise Skaaning (Danish director & actor)

Louise Skaaning has directed a number of Henry Naylor’s plays, the first of which was Borders, where she and Henry toured internationally and were met with great success: winning the Adelaide Critics Circle Award in 2018. On to a good thing, Louise then agreed to direct Henry’s next play, Games and The Nights. (All three were shown by STET in the Netherlands!)

Louise has had an expansive career in both London, and in her native Denmark. Her work has toured across Europe, the Middle East, and the States. She is currently the artistic director of Hr Teater in Denmark, and has had a number of successful tours, both nationally and internationally.

Louise loves to work with original text, and is always looking for actors to collaborate with.

Returning to The Hague for the third time, Louise and Henry is excited to run the workshop Behind the Scenes and to explore brand new writing with the participants.

More about the workshop

The group will be small and intimate to provide a safe learning environment for all participants. Your day will start off with fresh coffee and an introduction session. During the first part of the day you will work on the creative process of writing your own texts with Henry Naylor. After the lunch break you will continue with your texts with Louise Skaaning, but this time you will focus on how your scene could be staged, directed and acted. The two sessions strongly compliment each other and work hand in hand. Your workshop leaders will be available to answer all your questions and help your creativity thrive. This is your unique opportunity to work these award-winning international theatre professionals!

About the venue

Ruimte voor Helden is a cozy space to gather, learn from each other and to follow coaching courses in the heart of The Hague. It is located centrally; 9 minutes walk from the Central Station and overlooking the Nieuwe Kerk. There is free coffee and tea in the entrance area waiting for you when you arrive. An excellent place to indulge in the art of making theatre.

This workshop is part of STET Education

This workshop is part of the STET Education programming. Since 2013 STET Education offers workshops and performances at schools or in the theatre, and since 2016 we also have open workshops for individuals led by international performers. We highly value the direct contact with teachers, students and audience members. Our successful education department is in touch with over 300 international and Dutch schools nationwide. Yearly over 2000 students at primary and secondary level are involved in STET Education programmes. Theatre education has proved to be a unique way of learning, gaining insights in drama techniques, storytelling, communication and most importantly learning about oneself.

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