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503Studio: Advanced Playwriting

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Five Monday sessions from Monday 4 October – 1 November, 10am – 12.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama bursary places.

This five week class is suitable for writers with some experience, who have already written several scripts or had productions. You should come with a script in progress that you want to work on. Dawn King will take you through exercises re-examining structure, story and redrafting designed to develop your own work. You will be challenged to push your style and ideas and experiment with new theatrical forms. You’ll also receive feedback on your work from Dawn and the other writers. Dawn will tailor the course content around the needs of the participants.

Please note we cannot commit to an ongoing dramaturgical relationship with any pieces that may develop on this course, or commit to a production. However we will offer an open and honest discussion with all participants about possible next steps for their work, recommendations of other development opportunities that might be of benefit, and guidance to where their work may best be suited in terms of future engagement.

To be added to our waiting list, please sign up here (please note that some places have been held off sale to prioritise Share the Drama beneficiaries – see below)

Thanks to DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund and our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Autumn Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

To express interest in a bursary place through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us.

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered online. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

To sign up for advanced booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.

Dawn King is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV, VR and radio.

She is currently writing The Trees, a radical reinterpretation of The Cherry Orchard, for director Katie Mitchell at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Addictive Beat, a play for Boundless Theatre, UK, both planned for production in 2022. She is also working on the feature film Pig Child for Delaval Film and the BFI and adapting her play Foxfinder for the screen with Elation Pictures and the BFI. Her new play The Trials will receive a German premiere at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in 2021 and a UK premiere in 2022, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Dawn’s previous work includes; Foxfinder, Brave New World, CIPHERS, SALT And DYSTOPIA987, an immersive dystopian rave (a collaboration with Skepta.)

For Foxfinder, Dawn won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013, Papatango New Writing Competition 2011 and Most Promising Playwright, Off West End awards 2012. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2012 and the James Tait Black drama prize 2012. Dawn’s short film The Karman Line won 17 awards including the BIFA for Best Short and was BAFTA nominated in 2014.



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