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503Studio: On Being a Dramastorian

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503Studio: On Being a Dramastorian, Satinder Chohan

In this masterclass, Satinder Chohan explores what it means to be a ‘dramastorian’ – a writer who seeks to disrupt conventional representations in theatre by excavating and dramatising marginalised or forgotten lives and experiences. She discusses her plays including ‘Zameen’, ‘Made in India’ and ‘Lotus Beauty’ through the shaping role of research in storytelling, inspired by powerful real-life voices, stories and communities.

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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Satinder is a journalist and documentary researcher/AP turned playwright, who graduated with an MA in English Language and Literature from Yale University. Her plays include Zameen (Kali Theatre, UK tour); KabaddiKabaddiKabaddi (Pursued By A Bear, UK regional tour); Made In India (Tamasha Theatre/Belgrade Theatre/Pilot Theatre, UK tour, 2017 ACTA Best Production Award) and Lotus Beauty (Hampstead Theatre/Tamasha). In 2013, she received the Adopt A Playwright Award.

An Associate Artist with Sphinx Theatre and one of Rifco Theatre’s 21 Artists, she is currently developing Empire of the Mind (Kali Theatre/Tamasha), Mia and the Fish (National Theatre’s Connections) and adapting young adult Partition novel A Beautiful Lie (Tara Arts).

Her audio dramas include an adaptation of Pam Gem’s Camille (BBC Radio 3); Garlands (BBC Radio 3); Steam Rises (Tamasha/National Archives), Scar Tissue (Tamasha/Migration Museum) and an adaptation of The Girl of Ink and Stars (Spark Arts).

She is also currently completing her DYCP year for novel Pind about the Punjabi immigrant experience and developing short film Bussing.


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