Guest Post

Chippy Lane Productions: The benefits of writers’ groups

Writing can be a lonely business but joining (or setting up!) a writers’ group can be a great way to counteract this. In this post, Rebecca Jade Hammond,  Artistic Director of Chippy Lane and founder of their Welsh Female Writers Group (WFW), shares her insights; and writers, Faebian Averies and Sophie Warren, talk about the …

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Hunch Theatre: Adapting a Classic Novel for the Stage

How do you make a centuries-old novel exciting and relevant for a modern-day stage audience? Award-winning theatre-makers HUNCHtheatre recently converted A Hero Of Our Time, a 180-year-old Russian novel, for performances in Edinburgh, London and St Petersburg. In this post, George Hamilton speaks to actor and playwright Oliver Bennett and director Vladimir Scherban from HUNCH, …

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How do you change the location of a play you have already written?

In this guest post, playwright Tamara von Werthern talks about the implications of changing the location of her play The White Bike, which, after its’ London Premiere in 2017, has now made its’ way to Bournemouth for a production this Spring.  A year and a half ago, my play The White Bike premiered at The …

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Among Angels: A Playwright’s Journey (from first play to full production)

In this guest post, playwright Timothy Graves reflects on the journey of writing his first play: from the initial inspiration to producing it at the Courtyard Theatre for a four week run this April.  ‘Never are we nearer the Light than when darkness is deepest.’ ‘Among Angels’ is my first play. I have written two …

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Induced Structural Collapse – Writing a Text From Inside the Skin of its Forebear

why this sky will be presenting their show Portents as part of The Space’s Spring Season. The play began as the result of devised workshops and in this guest post, writer Nat Norland shares his tips for deconstructing and reworking the original text to create something new.  I can’t really talk about how I started writing Portents, because I didn’t start writing it. The first …

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Catching the Devil: Writing in Response to a Well Known Play 

Playwright Athena Stevens’ short play, Recompense, is being performed at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of Dark Night of the Soul: The Feminine Response to the Faustian Myth. In this guest post, she shares her experiences of writing in response to a well known play. If we are very lucky, a playwright’s commission comes with a set of …

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Four tips on how to write a historical play that still feels contemporary

Reflecting on her experience of writing ‘Dandelion‘, which is set in 1988 and centres around the impact of the homophobic law Section 28, guest writer Jennifer Richards discusses writing a play for a modern audience that isn’t about the modern at all.  Writing a play that’s not set in today’s world feels risky; with the idea …

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Adaptation, or what you will: Chloë Myerson from Monkhead Theatre on writing adaptations

Ever wanted to know more about writing an adaptation? We asked writer and co-founder of Monkhead Theatre,  Chloë Myerson, to reflect on her experience of working on adaptations and to share her tips with us… Monkhead Theatre’s latest show, Collective Intelligence #1 The Interpretation of dreams, an adaptation of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, takes …

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The Dead Stage by Dan Weatherer: book excerpt and and advice for new playwrights

Staffordshire based author, Dan Weatherer, is set to release a new book, The Dead Stage, detailing his experiences as a playwright and offering advice for writers wanting to break into the theatre industry.  Dan, 39,has been writing stage plays for three years. In that time he has seen a number of pieces performed in the …

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Working class voices: vibrancy, determination and finding inspiration in the ordinary

The lack of working class voices in UK theatre at the moment finally seems to be coming to the forefront of discussion, with theatres such as the Royal Court attempting to address the issue.   In this guest post, playwright Joanne Sherryden reflects on being a working class writer, talks about why we need to …

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