Category Archives: Education

Playwriting Course at the Garsdale Retreat

This course will cover initial idea, character, scenes and structure, dialogue.

By the end of the week you should have a range of skills, to help you forge your own approach to playwriting and be inspired to develop your theatrical voice.

It is open to beginning writers as well as those with some experience.

Dates: 25 – 30 June 2018

Cost: fee includes all day and evening tutored workshop sessions, readings, accommodation and full board (not including alcohol).

Single – En-suite room £760
Single – Shared bathroom £710
Shared Room (2 Beds) £660
Non-residential (inc. lunch and evening meal) £500

Location: The Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Hackney Arts Centre workshop: Write a 10 minute play

Playwright Martin Malcolm leads a dynamic workshop on how to craft a powerful short script. Learn where story ideas come from, how to structure them and how to turn them into compelling drama. The day includes a mixture of practical techniques and research excursions, as well as time to share your ideas and to write. You’ll find out what to do with your finished script, where to send it and where to find the best new writing nights to help you break into the theatre scene.

Martin’s plays include Icarus (Southwark Playhouse), Diggers (Theatre 503), Drifters (Bike Shed Theatre), NightFlyer (Tristan Bates Theatre), Kingdom of the Icebear (Rondo Theatre), Tiramisu (Wardrobe Theatre) and Warped (Arts Theatre). He’s currently writing Sea of Tranquillity for Baroque Theatre, about the first woman on the Moon. His work is supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Workshop date: 16 June, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Location: Allia Future Business Centre, 18-20 London Lane, E8 3PR.

Cost: £35.75

How to book; via the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK1

Insight Workshops with the Royal Court: One For Sorrow

Insight Workshops offer an in-depth look at current Royal Court productions. Work with a member of the creative team and explore the writing & rehearsal process and themes of the play.

The next insight workshop will explore One For Sorrow.

Led by One For Sorrow writer Cordelia Lynn, this is a unique opportunity to experience her work first hand. Cordelia received the 2017 Pinter Commission and made her Royal Court debut in 2015 with Lela & Co. Free but booking required. Limited to one ticket per person.

Workshop dates:

Young Court Friends* ages 14-18 | Thursday  28 June, 6pm-7.30pm (booking opens Thursday 14 June at noon)

Young Court Friends* ages 19-25 | Friday 29 June, 6pm-7.30pm (booking opens Friday 15 June at noon)

Ages 26+ | Tuesday 3 July, 6pm-7.30pm (booking opens Tuesday 19 Jun at noon)

How to book: via the website. you will need to be a Young Court Friend & sign in to your online account. To join the Young Court Friends scheme for free, click here.

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Playwriting Masterclasses with Out of Joint

Learn from the best: Out of Joint presents a series of masterclasses with brilliant and successful playwrights. All proceeds from these classes will support The Andrea Project, their new initiative to discover and inspire the next generation of playwrights. By booking your place, you help them keep the project entirely free so that nobody misses out for financial reasons.

Find out more and book here.

Dates: various throughout June and July 2018

Cost: £22

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Creative writing workshops with Unbound Theatre

This workshop is presented by Unbound at Queen Park Centre in Aylesbury.

Queens Park’s in-house programme of workshops and performances are designed to create learning and practical opportunities for students of any level of experience in the fields of drama, creative writing and theatre studies.

“The keys to our lives are hidden in our writing. The story reveals the purpose and the proper rhythm of our lives. Join me on this one day course to explore the abundant pleasures of writing together in a nurturing and creative environment.

Guided writing exercises will provide the structure for you to embark upon your unique writing adventure. Everything you need to know is already within you; it just needs you to turn the key.”

Claire Steele (workshop leader)

For more details email dario@qpc.org or visit Unbound’s Facebook page.

Course date: 17 June 2018, 10am-4pm & runs again on 15 July 2018

Cost: £15/ £12

How to book: via the website

Deadline: not applicable

Write Theatre playwriting course

WRITE  THEATRE is a series of unique, intensive courses for emerging theatre writers run by established playwrights. As well as working with the tutors, participants will have the opportunity to have their writing workshopped and rehearsed with very experienced professional actors.

Course dates: the Autumn 2018 Write Theatre course will take place at The Cockpit over the weekends of 13th and 14th October, and the second weekend with experienced professional actors on 27th and 28th October.

Further details can be found on the website. 

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Free workshop with Adriana Domouzi: Reconstructing & Adapting Fragmentary Ancient Greek Tragedy

This one-day workshop on “Reconstructing & Adapting Fragmentary Ancient Greek Tragedy”, organised by Andriana Domouzi, will be the first of its kind and will look at the Methodologies & Challenges for Theatre Practitioners and Classicists bringing to life the lost Greek plays.

Experts from Classics, English and Drama as well as playwrights and theatremakers will discuss their own take on the lost plays, producing an engaging and informative workshop addressed at colleagues, students, theatre artists and members of the public interested in the undiscovered plays of Greek civilisation.

The speakers will explore past and current trends in the reconstruction of lost Greek tragedies and will look at the creative and interdisciplinary potential of reimagining these plays. Each of them will showcase their methodology on the plays they chose to reconstruct and the benefits and practicalities of their approach.

Location: The event will be hosted by the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome of the Department of Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London. It is generously funded by the Classical Association and co-sponsored by the theatre company Cyborphic.

The speakers include Timberlake Wertenbaker, Adam Roberts and Colin Teevan.

Date: 2 June 2018 at 11am 

How to book: registration is free. For more information and to book, visit Eventbrite.

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Free writing course with WoLab and Theatre N16

WoLab are thrilled to be partnering with Theatre N16 to deliver a FREE 12-week intensive course led by industry professionals, aimed specifically at actor-writers.

Over the 12 weeks, you will develop your existing playwriting and acting skills through a series of tailored workshops, which will also include mentoring sessions in producing and marketing, as well as regular visits from established playwrights/theatre makers within the industry. All participants will be working towards a industry showcase to an invited audience of agents, casting directors, programmers, and producers. Throughout the duration of the course, participants will write their own monologue to perform for the showcase, as well as co-write a duologue with another member of the group. They will receive personalised support and feedback during the process.

Further information:

  • An introductory welcome session will be held on 20th June (Time TBC).
  • Course Dates: Every Wednesday 11am -3pm, from 27th June – 12th September.
  • Showcase Dates: 16th and 17th September (two performances each day).
  • All sessions will be held at Theatre N16, 5 Ashley Road, London, N17 9LJ.

How to apply: please complete the application form on their website. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an audition on Wednesday 13th June. You will be notified if you have been shortlisted by Friday 8th June.

Please DO NOT apply if you are an already published playwright, or have within the last 5 years undergone drama school training, that resulted in an industry showcase.  Any questions, send an email to submissions@wolab.co.uk ~ more info on WoLab can be found: www.wolab.co.uk / Twitter: @WoLaboratory

Deadline: 4 June 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Write a 10-minute play – workshop with Martin Malcolm at Hackney Arts Centre

Playwright Martin Malcolm leads a dynamic workshop on how to craft a powerful short script. Learn where story ideas come from, how to structure them and how to turn them into compelling drama. The day includes a mixture of practical techniques and research excursions, as well as time to share your ideas and to write. You’ll find out what to do with your finished script, where to send it and where to find the best new writing nights to help you break into the theatre scene.

Martin’s plays include Icarus (Southwark Playhouse), Diggers (Theatre 503), Drifters (Bike Shed Theatre), NightFlyer (Tristan Bates Theatre), Kingdom of the Icebear (Rondo Theatre), Tiramisu (Wardrobe Theatre) and Warped (Arts Theatre). He’s currently writing Sea of Tranquillity for Baroque Theatre, about the first woman on the Moon. His work is supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

www.martinmalcolm.com

Workshop date: 26 May 2018 at 10.30am

Location: Write a Ten-Minute Play, Saturday 26 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Work.Life, 1E Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, E8 3DQ

Cost: £35.75

How to book: via the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_Uk