The Ideas Factory - A writing workshop with Tom Ratcliffe

A Production by The Angles Theatre

The Ideas Factory - A writing workshop with Tom Ratcliffe

Wed 25th Oct 2023

Running time

180 minutes




Whether it's from their own experience, based on true events or completely fictional, every story starts with a simple idea. This workshop with Wildcard's Co Executive Director and writer of EVELYN, Tom Ratcliffe, explores the different processes of generating ideas for new plays and aims to equip emerging writers with useful tools and exercises to explore and unlock this process.

Writers can be of any experience, whether beginner or established, as this 3 hour workshop (there is a break during the session) simply aims to share exercises and ideas about how to unlock and inspire the process of writing based on stimulus. Tom has a wealth of playwriting experience with ideas generated in a variety of different ways and through different processes.

What you need: a smart phone or laptop, a notepad and pen.

About Tom

Tom is an award-winning, internationally produced writer / actor and was born and raised in Ely. Tom was Co Executive Director of Wildcard Theatre Company between 2021 - 2023. Tom is writing for HighTide and Harlow Playhouse and was also one of the four Guest Artistic Directors at the renowned Kings Head Theatre as part of ‘The Takeover’ season this year.

Writing credits include: Wreckage (Turbine Theatre / Summerhall), Evelyn (Southwark Playhouse / Mercury Theatre), Fame Whore (Kings Head Theatre), VELVET (UK & Ireland Tour / Pleasance Courtyard) & Circa (Theater de Meervaart, Amsterdam / The Old Red Lion) & Gifted (Pleasance Theatre). Tom was awarded the JB Priestley Award for Writers of Promise in 2020. He was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 in 2016 and has been longlisted for the Verity Bargate, Theatre503 & Papatango playwriting awards. Short plays have included runs at Theatre503, Old Red Lion Theatre & St James Theatre.Tom is published by Methuen Drama and currently has work being translated and produced in Germany.

Acting credits include: Wreckage (Turbine Theatre / Summerhall), VELVET (Above the Stag / UK Tour / Pleasance Courtyard), Sket (Park Theatre), 5 Guys Chillin' (Kings Head Theatre / Assembly Roxy) & Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston). Film credits include Once Upon a Time in London (Gateway Films).

Share this event


Please select a show date and
time below before clicking through
to select your seat and ticket options.

Availability   good       limited       last few

Ticket prices change according to demand, a bit like an airline. We promise that prices will never go down so the sooner you book, the less your tickets will cost. Click here to find out more about how pricing works.


Call 01945 47 44 47


Play your part...

Volunteering at the Angles Theatre is a great way to support your local theatre, be part of brilliant productions and make new friends!

Take on roles ranging from front of house, chaperoning, bar work and so much more, and help drive the Theatre to success!

Find out more on our Volunteer page, and register your interest.

Become an Angles Theatre member today!

Become an Angles VIP member*

and enjoy these benefits:

Priority booking

Get the best seats at the lowest prices before the show goes on sale.


Priority booking on theatre workshops, before anyone else.

VIP member event

Invitation to our exclusive annual member event, with access to upcoming shows, behind the scenes and project updates.

Support us! Support us!



There are many ways you can support our theatre and donate to our charity - visit our support pages here for more information or fast track a one off donation below. Your support is hugely appreciated!

Support our charity
Did you know we're a charity?

The Angles Theatre provides vital community work and space, creating life-changing experiences that bring the magic of theatre to all.

None of this would be possible without your support. There are many ways you can help us raise funds and reach even more people, or simply donate today!


We use cookies to provide you with the best possible experience. Cookies are also shared with Google Analytics to help monitor this site's performance. View cookie policy.