Category Archives: Education

Rose Theatre Kingston – Playwriting Course

This  popular playwriting course is run by the brilliant playwright and dramaturg Stephen Brown, whose plays include Occupational Hazards (Hampstead Theatre), Faster (Filter Theatre at BAC and 59E59 New York), Does My Society Look Big in This? (Bristol Old Vic) and Future Me (Theatre503 and Public Theatre New York). Stephen has been a core teacher at the Rose for eight years and many of his students have gone on to work as professional playwrights.

About the course: over twelve weeks you will be taken through every step of writing a play, from character development and structure, to its professional application. In a small group you will analyse classic and modern works, as well as taking part in creative writing exercises and receiving individual feedback on your work. At the end of term, they invite experienced theatre directors and a group of actors to workshop scenes from your plays, giving you a unique opportunity to see how new writing is approached by professionals in the rehearsal room.

Whether you write as part of your job, or just fancy putting pen to paper for the first time, whether you end up with a fully polished play, or a score of ideas, this is a really enjoyable and focused springboard for your creativity.

Event Details: 

Date: Tue 23 April – Tue 16 July 2019

Times: 7 – 9.30pm

Price: £250

How To Book: to book a place on the Rose Playwriting Course, please call the Rose Theatre Kingston box office on 020 8174 0090.

For more information, please call 020 8939 4050 or email SarahK@rosetheatrekingston.org.

Please note: these courses require regular attendance. Please do not book a place if you know that you cannot attend all sessions. 

Deadline: none posted

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Playwriting MA at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is delighted to be launching a new MA degree course in Drama Writing. The course is designed to help students develop a “writer’s toolkit”, building confidence in a range of key writing elements and providing an overview of dramatic writing as art, craft and business.

They are proud to announce that renowned playwrights Stephanie Dale and David Edgar will be joining the School as visiting staff to teach on the course in September.

The deadline for guaranteed consideration is 23 April, but late applications may be considered. More information is available from oldvic.ac.uk/course/drama-writing-ma or by emailing student-recruitment@oldvic.ac.uk.

Deadline: 23 April 2019 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Tamasha Masterclass: Playwriting with Teenagers

An intensive one-day course with Artistic Director Fin Kennedy for those new to working with young people. You’ll look at the process of co-creating plays with groups of teenagers in a school or youth theatre environment.

The morning will look at the playwright as workshop leader, generating ideas with a group through creative exercises – both written and improvisation based – which the playwright then takes the lead in scripting. The afternoon will look at supporting teenagers to do their own scriptwriting.

The workshop will include a case study of Fin Kennedy’s pioneering work at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, with an insight into the creative exercises behind two volumes of award-winning plays.

Participants will be left with a suite of imaginative playwriting exercises to take away and apply to their own work: a practical exercise within the session will work towards structuring a Scheme of Work for a playwriting course for young people.

Who is it for? The workshop will suit emerging professional playwrights with an interest in working in schools; established Drama teachers and PGCE drama teachers-in-training; and youth theatre leaders looking to refresh or hone their skills in playwriting and teaching playwriting.

This intensive workshop is for up to 12 emerging or aspiring playwrights who are interested in exploring working with young people, and who have a strong interest in stories that are often left untold. We would particularly welcome applications from writers with diverse cultural experiences.

Course fee:  The workshop fee is £50 for the day. Payment must be received in advance, upon confirmation that you have been allocated a place.

How to apply: email stella@tamasha.org.uk with the subject line ‘Playwriting with Teenagers Masterclass’. Please also include a completed Data Form with your application.

Date: Saturday 13 July 2019, 10am – 5pm

Location: Tamasha, 3rd Floor, Rich Mix, London E1 6LA

Deadline: 28 June at  midday

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Tamasha Masterclass: Writing for Radio

This introduction to writing for radio, for beginners, draws on tutor Fin Kennedy’s experience as a writer of audio drama for BBC Radio 4, with reference to other innovative writing for the medium. The workshop will start with an introduction to the formats and commissioning process of current radio drama, move on to creative approaches to telling stories with sound, involve some textual analysis of some recent BBC Radio output including sound clips, and look at emerging radio forms such a short audio drama podcasts. Time to work on a treatment for a new radio play of one’s own will be included.

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright, frequent writer for BBC Radio 4, Artistic Director of Tamasha, and visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (MA Dramatic Writing).

Workshop fee: £60 (inc VAT) for the full day.

Early bird discount: £45 (apply before 29 May)

“Payment must be received in advance, upon notification that you have been offered a place. Please also note that if you cancel your place after 14th June, then we will be unable to refund the fee. Any cancellations before 14th June will be subject to a £15 admin fee.”

How to apply:

No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, however applicants should demonstrate an interest in writing for radio. Applications should include:
1) Your current CV if you have one, including any relevant experience (this does not have to specifically refer to your writing interests), or a short (max 500 words) statement of interest including your particular interest in this masterclass
2) A completed Data Form which you can download here>

Please email Stella@tamasha.org.uk with your application with subject line ‘Masterclass: Writing for radio’ or call the office on 0207 749 0090 if you have any questions.

Saturday 29 June 2019, 10am – 6pm, London

Location: Tamasha (Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Deadline to apply: 14 June 2019 at midday

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Young Pleasance London Ensemble free workshop audition (16-25 year olds)

If you’re 16-25 and interested in joining the Young Pleasance Ensemble, look no further!
Over Easter Young Pleasance London Ensemble are holding a FREE WORKSHOP audition on Sunday 14th April at Pleasance Islington for anyone aged 16-25 who is looking to develop their theatre practice and join Term 3. Bursaries for Term 3 available.
Find out more here.
Deadline to apply: 8 April 2019  (workshop takes place 14 April 2019) 
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Tamasha Masterclass: Introduction to Playwriting with Fin Kennedy

This one-day workshop for beginners aims to introduce some basic principles of dramatic storytelling, and demystify some key terms.

What is the difference between Story, Plot and Narrative? Or between Objective and Motivation?
Why is character Action important and how is it built up to generate interesting and unexpected Events?

With reference to professional texts from the recent canon of new British theatre writing, this practical class will break down several scenes to reveal the ‘architecture’ beneath, in order to give participants the tools to structure and write their own original scenes from scratch.

Writing time will be factored into the day, and verbal feedback offered on participants’ writing.

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright, Artistic Director of Tamasha, visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (MA Dramatic Writing) and previous Lecturer Goldsmiths University (MA Writing for Performance).

This workshop is suitable for:
* Those with no experience of playwriting.
* For actors / directors / theatre artists who want to explore if writing is for them.
* For writers with some experience who would like a refresher.

Find out more on the website.

Cost:   £60 or £45 if you apply before 11 April

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019, 10am – 6pm, London

Location: Tamasha (Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Deadline: 26 April 2019 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Zenpens Silent Writing Retreat – Cardiff

Do you dutifully start typing only to be tempted to dive into Instagram, or start cleaning the kitchen, or Skype an old friend…?

Zenpens is an exciting new writer’s retreat based in Cardiff City Centre. Adapted from the Writer’s Army workshops created by the New York playwright Anne Washburn, Zenpens allows writers to concentrate solely on their work in meditative silence.

Zenpens is a one day silent writers retreat. No phones. No social media. No distractions.

Meeting at 9:45 am for a short debrief and writing exercises, we start working in earnest at 10 am until 1 pm. An hour lunch. Then more silent writing from 2 pm until 6 pm. Money collected at the retreat is used to pay for the space and its upkeep. If you can, please pay the suggested donation of £8 or £5 concession.

The next Zenpens will be taking place on the 20th April at the Quaker Meeting House, Cardiff. Spaces are limited, so please email your interest to Paul Stoyle at zenpenssilentretreat@gmail.com or visit https://zenpens-silentwritersretreats.yolasite.com/ for more information”.

Date: 20 April 2019 

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Dragons and Writing Visually – An Evening with Writer in Residence Oliver Emanuel

At least 50% of theatre is visual but playwrights are seldom considered to write the visuals so much as the words actors speak. In Oliver Emanuel’s career he has written a play without words. He has written for puppets. When he writes radio drama, he is always thinking about what the audience will see.

Using his own work and practice as a starting point, Oliver will discuss what it is to write for the stage and radio, about how story can be carried visually, and about what it is like to see a 10-foot dragon come to life.

Date: 12  March 2019

Location: The Gladstone’s Library Gladstone’s Library
Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF

Cost: Tickets are priced at £15 or £25.95 with dinner (a copy of The 306: Day included).

How to book: Book online, call Reception on 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Deadline: none applicable

Source; @Playwriting_UK

Live Theatre: Future of playwriting discussion

How does theatre reflect who we are and where we are going? What are the stories of tomorrow and how will we tell them?

Playwrights Vinay Patel writer of An Adventure, The Bush, Sticks & Stones, Paines Plough & Theatr Clwyd, Dr Who BBC Worldwide and Murdered by My Father, BBC Three, Chris Bushwriter of The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Theatr Clwyd, Pericles, National Theatre and Steel, Sheffield Theatres alongside Chris Foxon, Executive Director,of playwright development agency Papatango, Charlotte Bennett, Associate Director, Soho Theatre, and Joe Douglas, Artistic Director, Live Theatre discuss the future of playwriting, followed by a Q&A.

Date: 21 March 2019 at 6.30pm

How to book: via the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK