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National Theatre – Playwriting Then and Now: 30 Years of Nick Hern Books

Join renowned playwrights Alecky Blythe (London RoadLittle Revolution), Howard Brenton (Pravda, Never So Good), Natasha Gordon (Nine Night), and Conor McPherson (The WeirGirl from the North Country) and publisher Nick Hern, to explore how playwriting has – and hasn’t – changed over the past 30 years. Chaired by Emily McLaughlin (Head of New Work, National Theatre).

What new trends and themes have emerged in the last three decades? What changes have occurred in the way plays reach the stage? And where might playwriting, and theatre, go in the future?

This event is part of leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books’ 30th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

Date: 8 November 2018 at 6pm

Cost: tickets £7 (concessions £5)

How to book: here 

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The revival of Broadway theatre with Chris Jones and Matt Wolf by Bloomsbury Institute

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing as they explore the rebirth of Broadway musicals and theatre over the past twenty-five years from ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton’.

Join them s as the Chicago Tribune’s chief theatre critic, Chris Jones, is in conversation with Matt Wolf, theatre critic of The International New York Times in London, on how theatre thrived by finally figuring out how to embrace the bold statement and insert itself into the national conversation for one night only. Chris and Matt will debate how key productions staged since the early 1990s have swept through Broadway but also London’s West End and have much to say about the state of attitudes in society and culture on both sides of the pond then and now.

Date and time: 27 November 2018, 18:30 – 20:00

Location: Bloomsbury Institute

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts)

University Women In the Arts, the mentoring scheme to improve the transition for women from studying the arts to working in the arts, has announced the first in a series of events with partner organisations to help tackle abuse in the arts. This will lead towards the publication of a book to provide a platform for female arts students voices to be heard, alongside a toolkit for use by teachers at school and university level or for use by students on their own to help equip students to deal with, tackle and help eradicate bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts.

This is a free writing workshop run in partnership with Actor Awareness and sudsidised by Art School to ensure access. This workshop is aimed particularly at working class female arts students and recent graduates as well as female arts students and recent graduates from low income backgrounds.

The workshop will cover: 

  • Writing exercises and a toolkit to help you create your submission for the project and share your views on abuse in the arts – this will include Ideas, Structure and Rewriting (1 hour)
  • Feedback on your submission for the book (1 hour)
  • Advice on the issue of abuse in the arts and how to tackle bullying, abuse and harassment and an opportunity to offer your views on what you feel should be in the toolkit to be included in the book (1 hour)

Workshop date: 22 January 2019 6-9pm at a central London venue tba

How to book: register for free tickets for the Writing Workshop

Find out more about the Project on their website

Deadline: not applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom

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

London Writers’ Week 2018 – THIS WEEK!

It’s London Writers’ Week 2018!

We are super excited to be partners for the week for the third year running. This year’s theme is ‘film’ and profits from the week go to organisations which help promote diversity in the arts.

Not booked yet? Check out the full programme of London Writers’ Week events here. 

As always, LPB will be bringing you some exciting events as part of the week, check them out here – and don’t forget to book your spot!

From Stage to Screen

19 July 2018: 3pm – 5.30pm – £10

Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a 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. All levels welcome. Read the full details and book here.

Creative Inspiration: Building an Idea

21 July 2018: 3pm – 4.30pm – £5
 
In this upbeat and dynamic session with LPB’s Kimberley Andrews, you’ll explore different ways to find inspiration and generate ideas for scripts through practical exercises. You’ll then work on turning one of your ideas into a film premise, which you’ll get the chance to pitch within a small group for feedback. Read the full details and book here.

Social Meetup for Writers with London Playwright’s Blog

21 July 2018: 4.30pm- 6.30pm – Free

Come along to this friendly, informal meetup where you can get to know other writers and find out a bit more about LPB! Find out more and book here.

Monobox Workshop: Creating memorable characters with Lisa Carroll

What makes a brilliant, memorable character? How can we create them on the page?

Flawed and compelling characters are the cornerstone of any powerful drama. But what is character? And how can we create characters that actors want to sink their teeth into, and truly speak to audiences?

This will be a session for writers of all experience levels to dive deep into creating brilliant characters, with a mixture of discussion, text work and practical exercises.

Date: 14 August 2018

Location: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, London, SE16 4DG

Cost: £28

Book here. 

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

COMMON GROUND event at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow

COMMON GROUND is an inclusive, supportive discussion exclusively aimed at artists who self-identify as working-class. This event will offer a platform for working-class artists based in Glasgow and the surrounding areas to discuss the barriers to career progression they face in UK theatre, and offer their suggestions of opportunities which could be created to help artists overcome these barriers.

Participants will take part in a supportive discussion contributing to the dialogue between the Tron Theatre and COMMON about how to effectively support working-class artists in this region.

“COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help artists from working-class backgrounds build sustainable careers in theatre. We are an inaugural Associate Company of English Touring Theatre, collaborating with them to outreach our work across the UK and support the nationwide development of working-class artists. We are also proud to receive support from esteemed, working-class Patrons including Olivier award-winning playwright James Graham.”

Date: 6 September 2018

How to book: find out more and book here. 

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK

www.commontheatre.co.uk

LPB at London Writers’ Week – Social meetup for writers

Come along to this friendly, informal meetup where you can get to know other writers and find out a bit more about London Playwrights’ Blog and Workshop.

This is a great chance to network (in a relaxed and non-awkward way!), chat writerly woes and share ideas with people who are in the same boat!

The meetup takes place directly after our Creative Inspiration: Building an Idea workshop, so why not come along to that too and make an afternoon of it?

Who’s it for: everyone welcome

Date: 21 July 2018 Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Location: Diorama Arts Centre, Regent’s Place, 201 Drummond St, Kings Cross, London NW1 3FE, UK

Cost: Free

How to book: tickets are free but please book your place here.

 Check out our other London Writers’ Week events here. 

LPB at London Writers’ Week – From Stage to Screen with Freddie Machin

Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a 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. All levels welcome.

Freddie Machin is a playwright and screenwriter. Based on his play of the same title, Freddie 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 

Who’s it for? All levels are welcome.

Date: 19 July 2018  Time: 3pm- 5.30pm

Location: Diorama Arts Centre, Regent’s Place, 201 Drummond St, Kings Cross, London NW1 3FE, UK

Cost: £10 (festival passes also available)

How to book: here

 Check out our other London Writers’ Week events here. 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Workshops & Events

We’re excited to announce that for the third year running, London Playwrights’ Blog is a partner at London Writers’ Week. As always, this means we’ll be bringing you some exciting events as part of the week!

You can check out the full programme of London Writers’ Week events here, but here are the details of the events LPB will be running:

From Stage to Screen

19 July 2018: 3pm – 5.30pm – £10

Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a 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. All levels welcome. Read the full details and book here.

Creative Inspiration: Building an Idea

21 July 2018: 3pm – 4.30pm – £5
 
In this upbeat and dynamic session with LPB’s Kimberley Andrews, you’ll explore different ways to find inspiration and generate ideas for scripts through practical exercises. You’ll then work on turning one of your ideas into a film premise, which you’ll get the chance to pitch within a small group for feedback. Read the full details and book here.

Social Meetup for Writers with London Playwright’s Blog

21 July 2018: 4.30pm- 6.30pm – Free

Come along to this friendly, informal meetup where you can get to know other writers and find out a bit more about LPB! Find out more and book here.