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503Studio Autumn 22: Introduction to Playwriting

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503Studio: Introduction to Playwriting

Five weekly Monday sessions from Monday 14 November to Monday 12 December, 7pm – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom.

Rex Obano will lead this course to act as an introduction to the core aspects and approaches to playwriting. Chiefly, we will explore ways of finding inspiration for plays as well as looking at dramatic action, dialogue, subtext and theme in order to help create and develop characters. The basics of playwriting and storytelling will be discovered through practical exercises and sharing in a friendly and supportive environment.

Please note we cannot commit to an ongoing dramaturgical relationship with any pieces that may develop on this course, or commit to a production. However we will offer an open and honest discussion with all participants about possible next steps for their work, recommendations of other development opportunities that might be of benefit, and guidance to where their work may best be suited in terms of future engagement.

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.

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.

Dates/Times: Monday 14th November (7 – 9:30pm), Monday 21st November (7 – 9:30pm), Monday 28th November (7 – 9:30pm), Monday 5th December (7 – 9:30pm), Monday 12th December (7 – 9:30pm).

Rex Obano has written for the stage, television, radio and film.

His theatre includes Slaves (Theatre503) and The Door Never Closes (Almeida Theatre).

His radio plays include Burned To Nothing, Someone’s Making A Killing In Nigeria, Lover’s Rock, As Innocent As You Can Get, Oil On Water and The Moors of England. He was the recipient of the 2018 Roland Rees Bursary and is an alumnus of the 503Five.


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