503Studio: Introduction to Playwriting

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Five weekly Monday sessions from Mon 1 March – 29 March, 7pm – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama bursary places.

In this course, Natalie Mitchell  will introduce and explore the basic elements of playwriting. This includes finding starting points and inspiration; creating characters; writing monologues; dialogue and subtext; and dramatic action. It will take the form of practical writing exercises, tutorials and script reading.

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.

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

Natalie Mitchell writes for television, theatre and radio.

Her nine-part podcast drama for BBC Sounds, The Piper, co-written with Vickie Donoghue, is currently available and was named Drama of the Week on Radio 4. She has multiple series in development with Lime Pictures, Bryncoed & Red Planet; and is under commission to Warts and All Theatre Company. She was named on the Edinburgh TV Festival’s Ones To Watch Scheme 2019 and the BBC Talent Hot list 2017.

TV credits include episodes of Ackley Bridge, Holby City and Doctors and several years as a core writer on EastEnders.

Theatre credits include: Can’t Stand Me Now (Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival); Crawling in the Dark (Almeida); When They Go Low (National Theatre Connections programme); and To My Younger Self (Synergy Theatre).

She works regularly with communities across Medway and Kent to create theatre with and for them- recent projects have included Germ Free Adolescent, which also played as part of the Bunker’s final season, and This Wounded Island, which played at Theatre503.

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