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503Studio: Advanced Playwriting

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Five weekly Monday sessions from Mon 18 Jan – 15 Feb, 7pm – 9.30pm. 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.

Over the course, Brad Birch will help you explore how we can push and develop our ideas, add to our playwriting toolkit and learn how to redraft more efficiently and effectively. There’ll be writing exercises, plays to read and lots to talk about.

Session One: Character – learning from your characters; developing backstory that feels real rather than convenient for the play; sharpening choices and intentions; how characters can operate in different styles of theatre.

Session Two: Structure – planning versus splurging; traditional structures as tools rather than prescriptions; when a character note is actually a structure note; characters leading plot and plot leading characters.

Session Three: Space – what your play looks like; how the use of space can affect the drama; the presence of the audience.

Session Four: Dialogue and Action – how our scenes stay active; the tricks and tactics that characters use to get what they want; sharpening intentions.

Session Five: Surgery – an opportunity to bring problems to the group – what we’re stuck on, what we’re worried about, where we’re lost.

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 Spring 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 usIf you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us.

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

Brad Birch is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from Mid Wales.

His work has been produced in the UK, USA, Japan, Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy and Malta. In 2016, he was awarded the Harold Pinter Commission at the Royal Court. His plays are published by Methuen Drama and his first anthology, Plays One, was published in 2018.

Plays include: Missing People; Black Mountain; The Brink; Gardening for the Unfulfilled and Alienated; and Tender Bolus.

He is currently writing a new feature for Rooks Nest and Film4.



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