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503Studio: Nessah Muthy

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503Studio Masterclass: Creating Character

In this masterclass, Nessah Muthy will be looking at the genesis of the writing process; how to get past that blinking cursor on a blank document. Through practical writing exercises and example texts, Nessah will teach participants how to interrogate characters, and build fleshed out, three-dimensional people; with a want, a need and an objective. Drawing on her own experience she will also focus on how this differs between writing for stage and screen.

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 Summer 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. You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page. If you would rather 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. Maximum class sizes are 14. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

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

Nessah Muthy is a multi-award-winning, two times Writer’s Guild-nominated, writer for stage and screen.

Nessah has written for On The Edge Series III (BlackLight Television / Channel 4) and her script will shoot in 2021. She currently has three television series ideas in development with Firebird Pictures, The Forge and BlackLight Television / Channel 4.

Nessah is also a member of the Coronation Street writing team, is working on COBRA for Sky One / New Pictures and taking part in the KAOS / Netflix / Sister Pictures Shadow Writers Scheme led by Charlie Covell.

For theatre Nessah is currently under commission to: the Actors Touring Company (ATC); National Youth Theatre (NYT); Fuel; Boundless Theatre; Kiln Theatre; Almeida Theatre; English Touring Theatre (ETT); and a member of the Old Vic 12.

She has worked with a number of leading theatres and companies including: the Young Vic (Tapestry), Donmar Warehouse (Monuments), Punchdrunk, the National Youth Theatre, (The Host) Cardboard Citizens, HighTide, (Heroine) Kali Theatre, (Sundowning) Theatre Centre, Iris Theatre, Cloakroom Theatre/the King’s Head Theatre and the Gate Theatre / Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. (After Rhinoceros: The Red Pill)

After a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run in London, Nessah’s immersive play for young people, Small Wonders, (co-created with Punchdrunk) transferred to Imaginate’s Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May 2019. It received five star reviews and was subsequently nominated in the Best Play for Young Audiences category at the Writers’ Guild Awards 2020.

Awards include: Character 7 Prize 2017 and the Adrian Pagan Award 2018.


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