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503Studio: Daniel York Loh

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503Studio Masterclass: The Inner Critic

Many (if not all) of us often write with inner critics in our head. We are under enormous pressure to ‘get it right’. Together with Daniel York Loh, you will work through exercises to interrogate how we can allow our writing voices and the voices of the characters in our plays to express themselves by their own parameters as opposed to the limits we often set on ourselves and that we often perceive as coming from others. How do we respectfully free ourselves from our inner critic?

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 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 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. You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us.

Time: 10am – 12.30pm

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

Photo credit: Sebastian Novels


Daniel York Loh is a writer, actor, filmmaker and musician.

As writer, theatre includes: The Fu Manchu Complex (Ovalhouse); Forgotten 遗忘 (Arcola, Plymouth Theatre Royal); Invisible Harmony 无形的和 (South Bank Centre), contributing writer to Freedom Hi 自由 (Vault Festival); Edition 1 – Living Newspaper (Royal Court); No Time For Tears – part of We R Not Virus (Omnibus Theatre); Silent Disco in the Sky (Northern Stage); every dollar is a soldier/with money you’re a dragon (Two Temple Place).

Daniel is featured in the best-selling essay collection The Good Immigrant.

Short films include: Mercutio’s Dreaming: The Killing of a Chinese Actor (writer/co-director/composer); Night Lives (director); Dream of Emerald Hill (writer); Hall of Mirrors (director/Best Drama Short-London Independent Film Awards); Finding Akira (director) and Laid (director).

As an actor he has appeared at Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse; National Theatre; Nuffield, Southampton, Finborough),  The Gate, Lyric, Hammersmith,  Riverside Studios, King’s Head, Battersea Arts Centre, Southwark Playhouse,  Old Vic, Hampstead); Manchester Library, Birmingham Rep, Leicester Haymarket, Edinburgh Traverse, Basingstoke Haymarket, Hackney Empire, Contact, Manchester/Birmingham Rep), extensively in Singapore and most recently in the European tour of LOVE by Alexander Zeldin.

Television includes: Whitechapel, Moving On, Waking the Dead, Casualty, Peggy Su!, Chambers, The Bill, Supper at Emmaus, A Fish Named Tao, Hollyoaks, and Strangers.

Film includes: Scarborough, The Receptionist, Rogue Trader, The Beach, Faraway, Act of Grace, Doom, and Casting Fu Manchu.

Radio includes: Doggie’s Nirvana, Romeo & Juliet, The Monkey King, Dead Lines, Say It with Flowers, Inspector Chen, The Odyssey Project: Telemachus, Death at the Airport, Peking Noir, and Sneakernomics.

Podcast dramas: Temporal (Sweet Talk), Fifth Dimension (Out of the Woods/Tamasha)


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