503Studio Masterclass: Yesterday is Today is Tomorrow, Benedict Lombe
How do our fantasies for the future influence the way we tell the stories of our present, and reconcile with our past? What are the legacies we inherit, and what do we want to leave behind? And can we find our own freedom and liberation whilst creating work that is politically urgent? Using examples from Benedict Lombe’s work and that of others, in a relaxed and informal setting, this session will be an invitation to question what it means to write in that space between dream and reality.
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Time: 7pm – 9pm
Running time of workshop: 2 hours – delivered online. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.
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Benedict Lombe is a Kinshasa-born British Congolese writer and theatre-maker based in London. She is interested in unapologetically reclaiming diasporic stories with flair, humour and heart. Her debut play ‘Lava’ received its world premiere at the Bush Theatre in 2021 to critical acclaim and a sold-out run. Benedict went on to win the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for ‘Lava’ in 2022, making history as one of the first writers to ever win the award for a debut play. In addition to this, she has won a Black British Theatre Award and was nominated for the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year. ‘Lava’ was also the recipient of the Best Performance Piece at the 2022 Off West End Awards. Benedict is currently developing original film and TV projects with production companies and working on new theatre commissions.
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