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503Studio: Generating ideas. Five key types of experience.

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503Studio Masterclass: Generating ideas. Five key types of experience, Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens explores thoughts about where ideas come from and the different types of experiences he draws from in his work. An active session with writing exercises.

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: 6pm – 8.30pm

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.

Simon Stephens is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright.

His original plays for theatre are Fortune, Maria, Nuclear War, Rage, Fatherland (with Karl Hyde and Frantic Assembly), Song from Far Away (with Mark Eitzel), Birdland, Blindsided, Carmen Disruption, Morning, Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge)The Trial of Ubu, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Marine Parade (with Mark Eitzel), Harper Regan, Motortown, On the Shore of the Wide World, Country Music, Christmas, Port, One Minute, Herons, Bluebird. He has written English language versions Jon Fosse’s I Am The Wind, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Odon von Horvath’s Kasimir and Karoline (re-titled The Funfair), and Ivo van Hove and Jan Peter Gerrit’s adaptation of Visconti’s Ossessione.

His adaptation for stage of Jose Saramago’s Blindness was the first piece of theatre to open to the public in London after the Covid 19 epidemic of 2020. His adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime has won many awards and been produced in more than thirty countries. His book A Working Diary is published by Methuen. Simon Stephens is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and Professor of Scriptwriting a Manchester Metropolitan University.


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