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Last updated: 7 march, 2011 - 12:26 GMT

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Ola Animashawun, of the Royal Court Theatre in London, offers advice on how to start writing your play.

Award-winning Ola Animashawun's career in theatre spans over a decade. He has been head of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme since 1998.Along with his work at the Royal Court Theatre, he is also artistic associate at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

During 2007-2008 he was the winner of the Momentum Bursary Award, Arts Council West Midlands, continuing his professional development as an independent producer.

In 2007, he won the TMA Award for promoting diversity in the theatre industry.

As a producer, dramaturg, director and youth drama worker for the Royal Court Theatre, Ola has inspired, tutored and influenced both young and old, the homeless, the disabled and those living with HIV from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Ola has carried out his work on the stages of the Royal Court Theatre, on national radio, in community centres, in schools, in hospitals, in colleges, in youth centres, under railway arches and in dilapidated buildings - since 1994.

Before 1994 he worked with the London Bubble Theatre Company, Upstream Children's Theatre, New Peckham Varieties, Half Moon Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, The Young National Trust Theatre Company, Roundabout TIE, and London Weekend Television.

His outdoor work and collaborators include Large Scale International and The Grand Theatre of Lemmings.

Ola is also a freelance consultant, producer, script editor and presenter.

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