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503Studio: Simon Stephens

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503Studio Masterclass: Dramatic Action

In this masterclass, Simon Stephens will run an interactive workshop that looks at the fundamental mechanics of dramatic action. It will involve small chunks of philosophy, reading and a little bit of writing. It will draw from ideas that have underpinned twenty years of playwriting.

To be added to our waiting list, please sign up here (please note that some places have been held off sale to prioritise Share the Drama beneficiaries – see below)

Thanks to Arts Council England’s Emergency Grant 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 Autumn 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 or subsidised placement 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 would like to discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them, prior to booking, please get in touch with us.

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered online.

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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