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503Studio: Asif Khan

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503Studio Masterclass:  Using Acting To Aid Writing

This session will look at the actor/writer relationship. It will delve into some specific techniques used by actors, including Stanislavski, to help writers create scenes, dialogue, subtext and character. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A with Asif.


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 Arts Council England’s Emergency Grant 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 or subsidised placement 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 would like to 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.

Asif Khan is an award winning writer and actor, born and raised in Bradford. His debut play Combustion toured the UK in 2017 and was nominated for OffWestEnd’s Best New Play award and Best Writer in the Stage Debut Awards. It also won Best Production at The Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (2018) and at The Asian Media Awards (2017). In 2018, Asif Won the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme Award with Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre, where he was commissioned to develop a new play. In 2019, his play Imaam Imraan was produced by the National Youth Theatre, playing at the Bradford Literary Festival.

He is a Tamasha Theatre Alumnus with whom he has developed two plays for teenagers. He was part of the BBC Comedy Room in 2017 and was named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist in 2017. His 5 part audio drama series This Weird Normal is available on various podcast platforms. In 2015, Asif set up AIK Productions, with the aim to produce new, high quality theatre, specialising in stories and voices from minority backgrounds. With Turtle Key Arts, Asif (AIK) co-produced and performed in the award winning play Love, Bombs And Apples, which played at the Arcola Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Potrero Stage (San Francisco), The Kennedy Center (Washington DC) as well as a UK Tour. It Won Outstanding Production at Theatre Bay Area Awards 2018. Following this Asif wrote and co-produced Combustion with Tara Arts.

His work as an actor also includes: Tartuffe (RSC), A Kind Of People (Royal Court), Twelfth Night (National), Multitudes, Handbagged, When The Crows Visit (Kiln), Mixed Up North (Out Of Joint), Snookered (Tamasha/Bush). With Theatre503 Asif was one of the 19 writers commissioned for the recent ImagiNation Festival.


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