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503Studio: Evan Placey

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503Studio Masterclass: Action in Words

How do we craft dialogue that sings, that feels authentic, that feels unique? In this masterclass Evan Placey will explore characters’ gift of the gab, taking you through exercises to help you find your characters’ voices, evoking subtext in your writing, and how to build dramatic action into everything your characters say.

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: Katie Musgrave


Evan Placey is a Canadian-British playwright and screenwriter who lives in London, UK.

His debut play Mother of Him won the inaugural RBC National Playwriting Award at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, the King’s Cross Award in the UK, and the Samuel French Canadian Play Award in the USA. The play went on to be produced internationally and was adapted for BBC Radio. It was recently revived at the Park Theatre, London. His other plays include Girls Like That (Birmingham REP, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Plymouth Theatre Royal); Orange Polar Bear (Birmingham REP/National Theatre Company of Korea); Keepy Uppy (UK tour), Consensual (NYT/West End), Jekyll & Hyde (Birmingham REP/West End), Pronoun (National Theatre), WiLd! (UK tour), Scarberia (YPT, Toronto & York Theatre Royal, UK) Holloway Jones (Synergy/Unicorn), How was it for you? (Unicorn), and Banana Boys (Hampstead).

Awards include: Jugend Theatre Preis Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany), Scenic Youth prize (France), Brian Way Award, Royal Society of Literature’s Literature Matters Award and Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences (all UK).

He was Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton and teaches playwriting for the National Theatre and in prisons. His work continues to be produced around the world, and he is currently under commission to the National Theatre, Out of Joint, and Synergy Theatre, as well as writing numerous projects for film and television. He has written an episode for new anthology series Soulmates (AMC/Amazon). His work is published by Nick Hern Books and Samuel French.


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