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503Studio: Write Your First Short Play

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Five weekly Thursday sessions from Thurs 18 Feb – 25 March, 7pm – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama bursary places.

To be added to our waiting list, please sign up here 

The short play is the most distilled format in dramatic writing – it’s also the one that most emerging writers are asked to master, via submissions like our own Rapid Write Response series. On this practical course, Brian Mullin will take you through all the essential elements of crafting an effective short play, leading to a sharing of work in the final week.

Through lessons and in-class writing exercises, writers will hone the skills of succinctly shaping characters, dialogue, and action, and be introduced to basic playwriting areas such as Wants and Obstacles, Dramatic Action, Beats and Events. They will submit a polished draft of a short play, and get the chance to hear it read aloud in the final session.

Thanks to DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund and 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 Spring 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 usIf 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.

To sign up for priority booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.

Brian Mullen is an American-born playwright and a former 503Five Writer (2015).

As well as having had his work presented at The Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, the Orange Tree amongst other venues, Brian is an experienced dramaturg and writing instructor, having taught playwriting for years at City Lit, St Mary’s University and with the NT Learning Department.


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