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503Studio: Subtext and Dramatic Action in Dialogue

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503Studio Masterclass: Subtext and Dramatic Action in Dialogue, Joe White

Humans are strange. Every once in a while, we say something we one-hundred-per-cent mean. Very occasionally we articulate exactly what it is that we believe in, or hate, or need. But most of the time we fluff our lines. Or lie. Or act polite. Or simply have no idea how to turn to another person and tell them the thing which burns deep down inside us.

Getting a better understanding of subtext and dramatic action helps us write more surprising and charged dialogue – dialogue which constantly plays with the tensions between wanting something, and how we go about getting it from someone – the most human thing there is, and the fundamental key to all great drama.

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Time: 7pm – 9.30pm

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered online. Maximum class sizes are 14.

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Joe White is an Olivier-nominated writer from Birmingham who makes work for stage, screen and audio. He was a previous member of the Old Vic 12 and Orange Tree Writers Collective, and was the recipient of the Royal Literary Fund’s JB Priestley Award for Writers of Promise, and the Channel 4 Playwriting Award. His debut play, Mayfly, opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in spring 2018 to critical acclaim, leading to a nomination for Best Writer at the Stage Debut Awards, and winning the OffWestEnd Award for Most Promising New Playwright. His second play, Blackout Songs premiered at Hampstead Downstairs in December 2022, and was nominated for the OffWestEnd Award for Best Play, and the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. In Spring 2023, Blackout Songs is transferring to the Hampstead Theatre Main Stage, running 8th April to 6th May.


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