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In 1998, LAMDA became the first drama school to commission and perform its own new work. Today, we continue to engage exciting writers – emerging and established – to create vibrant new work in collaboration with our students and professional directors.
Leading artists such as Mark Ravenhill (whose LAMDA commission Mother Clap’s Molly House transferred to the National in 2001), Josie Rourke, Robin Soans, Ella Hickson and Natalie Ibu have worked with our students in this way.
Despite this activity costing more than staging existing plays, we are determined to ring-fence our new writing commissions so that our students continue to learn vital artistic skills through this pioneering programme. Going forward, we will also expand this work: building partnerships with specialist new writing organisations, providing training opportunities for emerging dramaturges and sharing our experience more widely with the industry.