This week, three new writing classes came across our radar, offered by Cardboard Citizens and Tamasha Theatre.
Cardboard Citizens, an organisation that works to change the lives of the homeless through theatre, will be running a week-long course on Writing for Forum Theatre from 18-22 March 2013. The cost is £364 for 5 days (with a limited number of reduced cost places available). (For those not already in the know, Forum Theatre is a practice pioneered by Augusto Boal to give a voice to oppressed people and use performance to drive social change (for more info, read his seminal book Theatre of the Oppressed).
The course as described on the Cardboard Citizens website:
Led by experienced writer Sarah Woods, and leading Forum Theatre expert, Adrian Jackson, the week will be a mix of practical exercises and masterclasses; each of the participating writers or devisers will end the week with at the very least an outline of a Forum Theatre play. The course will feature guest sessions by award-winning playwrights such as Bola Agbaje, Kate Tempest and David Watson as well as the opportunity to see Cardboard Citizens’ latest Forum Theatre play Glasshouse by Kate Tempest.
Techniques explored will include “sample R&D workshops, verbatim interviews to source material for Forum pieces and a range of writing exercises and games.” Writers will receive one-to-one feedback on their work, and will finish the week with an outline for a Forum Theatre play. Check their website for full details and to apply for a place.
Tamasha Theatre is also offering two new writing classes. Be forewarned that their application processes are rather intensive, so you don’t want to leave this one to the last minute. They require a writing sample, CV, and detailed statement of interest, and requesting details of referees. Full course and application details are available on the individual course pages listed below.
Their Masterclass with Alexi Kaye Campbell will run from 18-19 February, costing £155 for the two days. The application deadline is 8 February 2013.
They will also be running a New Writing Course from 18-22 March, costing £250 for the week. Writers will work with Tamasha Co-Artistic Director, Sudha Bhuchar and leading playwright and dramaturg, Philip Osment. The application deadline is 28 February 2013, with interviews to be held w/c 4 March 2013.