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503Studio: From First Draft to First Night

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503Studio Masterclass: From First Draft to First Night, Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini and Jade Lewis

This session will look at the process of taking a script from first draft into production. Working together as a writer and a director, and with an external building. It will directly look at the current show the two practitioners have worked on and reference the process of script development in relation to the final production. The session will be part discussion, part practical exercises and a Q&A

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.

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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.

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Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini is an award-winning, bionic playwright and screenwriter of Nigerian heritage from London. Matilda was selected as a Star of Tomorrow 2020 by Screen Daily Magazine, a feature film screenplay they co-wrote with Gabriel-Bisset Smith was selected as part of The Brit List 2020 and they were an Arts Foundation Futures Award 2021 Finalist. Matilda’s debut play ‘Muscovado’ premiered in October 2014 and co-won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award. Their audio drama ‘The Grape that Rolled Under the Fridge’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Matilda’s next play ‘Little Miss Burden’ premiered at the Bunker Theatre in 2019, won a Popcorn Finalist Award 2020, published by Concord Theatricals and was adapted for BBC Radio 4 and broadcast in 2021. Their next play ‘Sleepova’ will premiere at the Bush Theatre in February 2023. Matilda’s work has been staged at the Bush Theatre, Old Vic Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Bunker Theatre and Vaults Festival. Matilda has screen projects in development with a few production companies.

Jade Lewis was a Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director at the Young Vic, A Creative Associate at The Gate Theatre and held an International Residency in Thailand in 2018. Jade most recently wrote and directed GET DRESSED! at The Unicorn Theatre, a short film for the TWENTY TWENTY project with the Young Vic, Quarter Life Crisis at The Bridge theatre, co-created an original audio series World Of Curls with the writer Yolanda Mercy for BBC Radio 4, and directed an audio drama NSA which was a part of Talawa Tales for also BBC Radio 4. Jade is the Carne Literary Associate at Theatre 503.


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