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503Studio: Sharing Credit – Trying to be a Better Collaborator

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503Studio Masterclass: Sharing Credit – Trying to be a Better Collaborator, Jon Brittain

We’ve all heard stories of the incredible genius loner artist – producing amazing pieces of work with absolutely no help from anyone else whatsoever. Well, most of us aren’t that person (and some of the people who say they are aren’t really). The majority of plays are rooted in collaboration – but what does it mean to be a good collaborator?

In this session, we’ll look at:

– Working with a co-writer

– Your relationship with a director

– How other creatives might read your script

– How to receive and give notes

– How to say yes more and when to say no

As writers, we spend a lot of time thinking only about the writing process, but when rehearsals start there are suddenly a lot more voices in the room. It’s a process that can throw up unexpected problems – so let’s try and prepare ourselves for them together.

Thanks to 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 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. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us here.

Time: 7pm – 9.30pm

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.

Jon Brittain is a playwright, director and an alumnus of the 503Five. His play Rotterdam premiered at Theatre503 in 2015 and went on to win the Olivier Award for Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2017. He also developed the cult hit Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho for the theatre whilst working in the pub downstairs. His other work includes Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder!, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) and Billionaire Boy: The Musical. He has directed all of John Kearns Edinburgh Comedy Award winning shows as well as shows for Tom Allen, Tom Rosenthal and more. He directed Richard Gadd’s Olivier Award-winning play Baby Reindeer. For TV, he was a staff writer on The Amazing World of Gumball and The Crown.


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