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503Studio: Tom Morton-Smith

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503Studio Masterclass: Group Dynamics

In this masterclass, Tom Morton-Smith will guide you in exploring the ways of writing multi-character scenes and balancing a multitude of voices without sacrificing individual character definition. How do people function in groups? Who leads and who follows? Who speaks loudest and who keeps their own counsel? Who loses themselves in the dynamics of the group? How we maintain character voice when multiple people are talking at once? A look at how multiple characters can interact on stage and how they might move as a pack whilst remaining true to their own dramatic arc. A look at group dynamics and hierarchies and how best to balance a multitude of voices without losing your audience. People often fall into recognisable roles within groups – the leader, the hothead, the quiet one, the attention seeker. This session will look at ways to evoke these recognisable tropes in a way to communicate the dynamics of any given group to an audience quickly and effectively, without losing the individuality of your characters.

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 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.

Time: 2 – 4.30pm

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

Tom Morton-Smith is a playwright and a screenwriter.

His plays include Ravens (Hampstead Theatre); The Earthworks (Royal Shakespeare Company); Oppenheimer (Royal Shakespeare Company/Vaudeville Theatre – West End); In Doggerland (Box of Tricks – national tour); Everyday Maps for Everyday Use (Finborough Theatre/Papatango); Uncertainty (Latitude Festival); and Salt Meets Wound (Theatre503).

Tom was writer-in-residence at Paines Plough Theatre Company, 2007-2008.


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