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503Studio: Chinonyerem Odimba

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503Studio Masterclass: Breaking Form

In this masterclass, Chinonyerem Odimba will look at the techniques writers can use to move beyond the constraints of naturalism in their writing. What tools does the writer inherently have, and what practices can be utilised in order to open up our writing to more poetic and non-realist forms?

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.

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 bursary places.

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

Chinonyerem Odimba is a Nigeria-born, Bristol based playwright and poet.

Her work for theatre includes: The Bird Woman of Lewisham (Arcola); Rainy Season, and His Name is Ishmael (Bristol Old Vic); Joanne (Clean Break); and Amongst the Reeds (Clean Break, The Yard).

More recently she has written a modern retelling of Twist for Theatre Centre which had a UK tour in Autumn 2017, Medea at Bristol Old Vic, and We Too, Are Giants for Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre).

Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Adrienne Benham Award and the Alfred Fagon awards. In 2015 her unproduced play Wild is De Wind was shortlisted to the final ten for the Bruntwood Playwriting Award. She is the joint winner for the 2018 Sonia Friedman Award (Channel 4 Playwright Bursary) for a new play How to Walk on the Moon.

Chinonyerem Odimba’s Princess & The Hustler recently toured across the UK for Eclipse Theatre’/Bristol Old Vic/ HullTruck. She is currently working on a new community play at Kiln Theatre, London.

She is the Writer-in-Residence at Live Theatre/Northumbria University for 2018/2019. As a Theatre Director, she has assisted Christopher Haydon on a 2017 production of The Caretaker as well as directing a series of short plays at Theatre503 in 2018.


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