Category Archives: Education

Self-producing: Where Do I Begin? – free workshop at The Pleasance for artists who identify as female

 For theatre artists who identify as female interested in learning the first steps in how to self-produce. The workshop will explore the different venues and opportunities available in London alongside grappling with some of the big questions, aiming for you leave inspired and empowered to make those first steps in self-producing your own work.

Location: The Pleasance, Islington

Date: 19 October, 3pm

Cost: free

Book here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: direct contact

Playwriting at the Pit at the Cockpit Theatre

The team behind the Omnibus Writer’s group return with a new workshop from October 10th – Playwriting at the Pit at London’s Cockpit Theatre.

The Playwriting at the Pit workshops are a sounding board for writers at all stages of development, a space for work in progress and a launch pad for new ideas.

Saffron Myers (Paines Plough, Hampstead Theatre) and Mike Carter (The Space, London Playwriting Lab, South London Writers’ Group) are delighted be working at the Cockpit Theatre studios this autumn to help develop more plays and support more new writing.
How it works: Playwriting at the Pit has been devised to support writers with new work. Whether you are established or just starting out, we can help you focus, get your ideas on paper and move forward with your drafts. The programme comprises six weekly sessions led by Saffron and Mike at the Cockpit with two writing weeks for you to work on your play in your own time.

Course details: sessions take place on Wednesday from 7-9pm from  10 October 2018. The Cockpit is a short walk from Marlybone Station.

Details and tickets can be found here.

Deadline: non applicable

Source: direct contact

At Sea Writers’ Residency open for applications from writers under 30

A twice-yearly writers’ residency based in Margate, Kent, designed to provide a thinking-friendly refuge for young writers. Recipients will have use of a historic two-bedroom seafront flat in Margate, as well as a £250 bursary towards expenses and £50 towards train travel.

Each iteration of the residency will have a different theme: the inaugural theme is novel-writing. Applicants should be in the midst of a novel and will need to submit 5,000 words plus a synopsis with their application.

If you are under 30 and you write, you are eligible to apply for At Sea. However, the theme of the residency will change each time: the first residency (in November 2018) is open to anyone under 30 who is working on a novel; the second (in March 2019) will be open to anyone under 30 who is working on a play. (Poets, memoirists, graphic novelists, screenwriters, biographers, essayists – your time will come!)

How to apply: find the full details and apply here

Deadline: 15 October 2018

Source: Twitter contact

BBC Writersroom Workshop at the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival, Hull – open for bookings

Ever wondered how to get noticed by the BBC? How to send your script and what happens when you do? How we assess your work? What grabs us and what puts us off? If you’re after some tips, this is a session not to miss.

BBC Writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers of any age and experience with an original voice and great stories to tell. Join Usman Mullan, Development Producer for BBC Writersroom North (which focuses on championing writers from across the UK) who will provide you with some invaluable tips and answer any burning questions you may have about scriptwriting.

Date and time: Saturday 29 September, 11.30am-12.30pm

Location: Hull Central Library, HU1 3TF

How to book: 

Register for Free Tickets on Eventbrite

Find out more about the Contains Strong Language Festival over 3 days in Hull this September and sign-up for more events (nearly all are free).

Deadline: not applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom

Papercut Theatre: Redrafting and Structure Workshop with Melissa Dunne

Paperclip Theatre are running one of their acclaimed redrafting and structure workshops planned for September. If you’re stuck on a redraft or just fancy getting in a room with likeminded creatives this is for you!

Whether you have a play you’ve finished that you’re looking to develop further or the spark of an idea this workshop is for you. This workshop will look at:

  • Interrogating themes and ideas
  • Individual scene structure
  • The relationship between character and structure
  • Redrafting
  • Form
  • Incorporating feedback into your work
  • Practical exercises for ‘Breaking open’ your play.

Come with either a full length play or just the germ of an idea!

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 11am-5pm

Location: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama*
Eton Avenue
London, NW3 3HY

Cost: £60 – Book Here

Source: direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB Workshop: Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: LPB Workshop: Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

Description: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It has provided the springboard for countless successful productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Fleabag. But where does the process of mounting a new play at the Fringe begin?

Drawing upon his experience in taking a show to Edinburgh and looking ahead to next year’s festival,  workshop leader, Freddie Machin will lead the group through the process of writing a one-act play, paying specific consideration to the demands of the festival. The six-week course will also cover the fundamentals of producing a show at Edinburgh to include deadlines, budgets, flyering, reviews, and the future life of your play.

What’s so great about it? Do you ever wish you could take a play up to Edinburgh but don’t have  a clue where to start? Then this is your workshop of dreams! Led by Freddie Machin, who has actually taken a show to Edinburgh (in 2012 he wrote and performed a one-man show based on the early life of Winston Churchill. Thanks to its exposure at the fringe, he then took the production on a UK tour), this course looks at what it takes to write a show for the festival.

It doesn’t end there either –  the course also includes loads of practical information on the producing side of things, which can often seem daunting when you don’t know how.  And not only is Freddie an experienced writer, he’s also a super brilliant workshop leader who currently teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy.

Places are strictly limited on this course to keep the group size comfortable so we’re flagging this one up to remind you to book early! Go go go!

Read the full details here.

Image by Dimitry B via Flickr CC

LPB Workshop: Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It has provided the springboard for countless successful productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Fleabag. But where does the process of mounting a new play at the Fringe begin?

In 2012, Freddie Machin wrote and performed a one-man show based on the early life of Winston Churchill. Thanks to its exposure at the fringe, he then took the production on a UK tour. Drawing on this experience and looking ahead to Edinburgh 2019, Freddie will lead the group through the process of writing a one-act play, paying specific consideration to the demands of the festival.

The six-week course will also cover the fundamentals of producing a show at Edinburgh to include deadlines, budgets, flyering, reviews, and the future life of your play.

Who’s it for: this course is open to writers of all levels with an interest in the fringe, and will be particularly applicable to those writers considering taking a play of their own to Edinburgh 2019.

Course dates: Thursdays 7pm – 9pm from 20 September 2018 – 25 October 2018 (6 weeks)

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £135 non members / £108 members rate

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book:          




Members click here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Based on his play of the same title, Freddie Machin wrote the feature film Chicken, which got its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it received its network premiere on FilmFour. Freddie’s other plays include: The Real Estate, Candy Cansino Checks In (Italia Conti), Nailhouse (Old Red Lion), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), The Revenge of Martha G. (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Waste Your Bullets on the Dead (Vault Festival), Chicken (Southwark Playhouse). Freddie is a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018, and teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy. www.freddiemachin.com www.chickenthefilm.com @Freddie_Machin

Image by Dimitry B via Flickr CC 

LPB Workshop: From Stage to Screen

After the success of the taster session of this workshop at London Writers’ Week, playwright, Freddie Machin is back with his practical session on taking your work from stage to screen. This time, he’ll be working with a smaller, more intimate group – so please book early to secure your spot!
From Stage to Screen is a one-off workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing.

Who’s it for: this course is open to writers of all levels.

Course date: Saturday 29 September 2018, 10.30am – 1pm

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £47 non members/ £37.60 members

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book: 




        

Members click here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Based on his play of the same title, Freddie Machin wrote the feature film Chicken, which got its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it received its network premiere on FilmFour. Freddie’s other plays include: The Real Estate, Candy Cansino Checks In (Italia Conti), Nailhouse (Old Red Lion), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), The Revenge of Martha G. (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Waste Your Bullets on the Dead (Vault Festival), Chicken (Southwark Playhouse). Freddie is a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018, and teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy. www.freddiemachin.com www.chickenthefilm.com @Freddie_Machin

Image by Dimitry B via Flickr CC 

LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

Ever wanted the information from a practical workshop paired with individual feedback tailored especially for you? Then look no further than the Redrafting Programme. Led by LPB’s Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews,  this course will give you a masterclass in re-drafting as well as one-to-one feedback, mentoring and a personalised plan of action for editing your play.

Packed full of practical tips, exercises and individual support from Kimberley, this course promises to leave you perfectly equipped to take your play to the next level.

How it works:

Once you’ve booked your place on the course, you’ll need to send your first draft over to us so that Kimberley can read it prior to the first workshop, we’ll need to receive this by the end of September.

Redrafting Masterclass

You’ll attend a group Redrafting Masterclass where you will explore different approaches to redrafting, learn about practical methods to edit your work and gain the tools you need to start re-writing your play.

Individual Tutorials

You’ll be offered a 45 minute tutorial with Kimberley Andrews, who will give you feedback on your script and discuss which areas need the most work.  Kimberley will also provide you with a bullet point redrafting action plan. Tutorials will take place in Central London or by Skype, if preferable.

Troubleshooting Masterclass

After you’ve taken some time to redraft your work, the group will meet again for a troubleshooting masterclass. In this session, you’ll be given the chance to share problematic scenes with the group and explore how to overcome common hurdles within the redrafting process.

Course Dates: 

Redrafting Masterclass:  Saturday 13 October 2018, 2pm-5pm

Individual Tutorials: Saturday 20 October OR Saturday 27 October between 1pm-6pm (please note, individual time slots will be confirmed nearer the time).

Troubleshooting Masterclass: Saturday 17 November 2018, 2pm – 5pm

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £200 non members/ £160 members

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book: 


Members click  here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Kimberley is a playwright, script consultant and tutor.  She has had work produced at the Birmingham Rep and has developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange, Wolverhampton University and All the Rage Theatre. She has also written and produced comedy sketch shows at the Hen & Chickens and is currently working on a television project and a novel.

When she’s not writing, she heads up writer development at LPB and works on programming content on workshops to support playwrights in developing their work.  Kimberley  is keen to create exciting opportunities and resources for emerging writers and currently also works as a playwriting tutor at RADA.

Autumn Workshops from London Playwrights’ Blog

We’re thrilled to announce the exciting programme of workshops we’ve got coming your way this Autumn!

Whether you want to get to grips with writing a show for Edinburgh next year or you’d benefit from a re-drafting course with a difference, we’re sure you’re going to want to get your teeth into our latest line-up of workshops, starting this September.

We’re also pleased to tell you that we’ll be offering our members a 20% discount on all workshop bookings! So, if you needed another reason to become a member, this is it! Read more about joining here. 

What’s coming up?

Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

Thursday evenings, 7pm – 9pm, 20 September 2018 – 25 October 2018 (6 weeks) 

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It has provided the springboard for countless successful productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Fleabag. But where does the process of mounting a new play at the Fringe begin? In this 6 week course, Freddie Machin will lead the group through the process of writing a one-act play, paying specific consideration to the demands of the festival. The course will also cover the fundamentals of producing a show at Edinburgh to include deadlines, budgets, flyering, reviews, and the future life of your play. Find out more and book here.

From Stage to Screen

Saturday 29 September 2018 10.30am – 1pm 
Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a one-off practical workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing. Find out more and book here.

The Redrafting Programme

Saturday 13 October 2018 2pm – 5pm – Saturday 17 November 2018 (various dates)
Ever wanted the information from a practical workshop paired with individual feedback tailored especially for you? Then look no further than the Redrafting Programme. Led by LPB’s Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews. In this course, you’ll get a masterclass in re-drafting as well as one-to-one feedback, mentoring and a personalised plan of action for redrafting.  Packed full of practical tips, exercises and individual support from Kimberley, this course promises to leave you perfectly equipped to take your play to the next level.  Find out more and book here.
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