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503Studio Autumn 22: Write Your First Short Play

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503Studio: Write Your First Short Play

Five weekly Wednesday sessions from Wednesday 2 November to Wednesday 30 November, 7pm – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom.

The short play can be one of the most exciting in dramatic writing – and is a great place to start if you’re just starting out. On this practical course, Brian Mullin will take you through all the essential elements of crafting a short play, leading to a sharing of work in the final week. This friendly workshop series will support writers to discover an idea for a short play or develop an existing one, with a focus on key craft elements such as character, story, dialogue and theatricality.

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.

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

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.

Dates/Times: Wednesday 2 November (7 – 9.30pm), Wednesday 9 November (7 – 9.30pm), Wednesday 16 November (7 – 9.30pm), Wednesday 23 November (7 – 9.30pm), Wednesday 30 November (7 – 9.30pm).

Brian Mullin is a former 503Five writer, whose debut play We Wait In Joyful Hope was produced at Theatre503 in 2016.

His other work has been developed at The Yard, High Tide, Oval House and the Orange Tree Writers Group. His latest show as writer-performer Live To Tell is in development this year at Battersea Arts Centre, where it was commissioned as a digital film.  He has created text for Alex Mills’s opera Leonardo at the V&A Museum and for OUR FATHERS by international devising company Babakas, which toured across the UK and Europe. Brian also leads numerous writing workshops and playwriting classes at institutions including the National Theatre’s Learning Department, St Mary’s University’s MA Playwriting course and City Lit’s Advanced Playwriting Workshop (where his teaching has been described as “structured and inspiring,” “an excellent course,” “great for getting the creative juices flowing!”).


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