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503Studio: Daragh Carville

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503Studio Masterclass: Screenwriting

In this masterclass, Daragh Carville will explore the relationship between writing for the stage and screen, looking at the key differences between the two forms as well as the elements they have in common. The session will have a particular focus on TV crime drama and using his own ITV crime drama The Bay as a case study, you will discuss and explore the role of Genre in TV drama.

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: 2 – 4.30pm

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: John Boucher


Daragh Carville is a playwright and screenwriter, best known for co-creating and writing the ITV crime drama The Bay.

First broadcast on ITV in 2019, series 1 attracted an average audience of over seven million viewers. Series 2, broadcast in 2021, built on this success, attracting an average audience of over eight million. The Bay has been sold to over 100 countries worldwide. Series 3 is currently in production for broadcast in 2022.

Daragh’s other TV credits include Being Human (BBC3, 2013), 6Degrees (BBC NI, 2013/15) and The Smoke (Kudos/Sky One, 2014).

His plays include Language Roulette (Tinderbox Theatre Company, 1996/7), Observatory (Peacock, 1999), Family Plot (Tinderbox, 2005), This Other City (Tinderbox, 2009), The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon (Dukes Theatre Lancaster / Oldham Coliseum, 2014) and History (Tinderbox, 2016).

His films are Middletown (dir. Brian Kirk, 2006) and Cherrybomb (dir. Lisa Barros d’Sa / Glen Leyburn, 2008.)

Work for radio includes Regenerations (BBC Radio 3, 2001), which was nominated for the Richard Imison Award, and Dracula (Radio 4, 2003) starring Michael Fassbender.

Daragh Carville has won both the Stewart Parker and the Meyer Whitworth awards for playwriting and has twice been nominated Best Writer in the Irish Film and TV Awards. He teaches Scriptwriting at Birkbeck, University of London.


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