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503Studio: Amy Bethan Evans

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503Studio Masterclass: Politics of Text

Plays are stories, not political manifestos, as we are often told. However, storytelling is one of the most political things we do in our daily lives, and even politicians are judged by their ability to spin a narrative. In this masterclass, Amy Bethan Evans will demonstrate how two plays telling the same story could be wildly different, depending on factors such as: the stance of their creators, whose voice is amplified, which events are shown, how the form relates to the content and who the roles are designed to be played by. By the end, you’ll discover the ways to make your text political without heavily involving politics.


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.

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


Amy Bethan Evans is a playwright, dramaturg and disability activist originally from Bristol.

Her work includes Libby’s Eyes (Bunker Theatre) and Tinted (Extant, Vault Festival).

She is currently on commission to the Royal Court and on attachment at the National Studio. She also mentors for Extant’s Pathways and part of Paines Plough’s Reassemble contingent. She is an alumnus of the first incarnations of Graeae’s Write to Play and BBC Writersroom Access Room.



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