503Studio: Write Your First Full Length Play
THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.
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).
Eight Tuesday sessions starting from Tuesday 18 October, 7 – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom.
Theatre503 introduces its flagship writing course, to support you to write your first full length play led by Literary Manager, Steve Harper.
Our course will provide a structured exploration at pivotal stages of the process and incorporate discussion, exercises and shared experience around particular points in the process and directly in response to the work you are creating throughout.
Acknowledging that not one given process works for all writers, we will aim to explore as many alternative processes as possible. Writers will be encouraged to explore and share their own experiences of what has been useful and what has got in the way, with the course providing a space within which to reflect on these and guidance to how we might best draw on these experiences to inform our writing processes going forward.
We will provide ongoing dramaturgical support throughout the process, but with an awareness to the fact that all writers processes are bespoke. In this sense, whilst structured, we will also have the flexibility to provide different levels of dramaturgical support to individual writers at different stages of the process.
Tues 18 Oct 22 – Session 1 – Ideas
Tues 25 Oct 22 – Session 2 – Mapping Your Play
3 WEEK BREAK
Tues 22 Nov 22 – Session 3 – Character & Character Journeys
Tues 29 Nov 22 – Session 4 – Scenes
Tues 6 Dec 22 – Session 5 – Dialogue/Subtext
Tues 13 Dec 22 – Session 6 – Setting/Space
Tues 20 Dec 22 – Session 7 – Structure
LONG WRITING BREAK
Tues 10 Jan 23 – Session 8 – Tutorials/Feedback
Please note we cannot commit to an ongoing dramaturgical relationship with any pieces that may develop on this course, or commit to a production. However we will offer an open and honest discussion with all participants about possible next steps for their work, recommendations of other development opportunities that might be of benefit, and guidance to where their work may best be suited in terms of future engagement.
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.
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.
It is important to consider that this is not an introduction to playwriting but a course that will provide opportunities to refresh our basic knowledge of the craft in direct relationship to our work and the objective of writing a play over the period of the next 4 months. It is a course aimed at helping those writers trying to move from writing short plays to full length work, or those who might have written some full length work and feel it would be helpful to have a structured and ongoing dramaturgical relationship throughout the process.
Dates/Times: Tuesday 18 October (7 – 9.30pm), Tuesday 25 October (7 – 9.30pm), Tuesday 22 November (7 – 9.30pm), Tuesday 29 November (7 – 9.30pm), Tuesday 6 December (7 – 9.30pm), Tuesday 13 December (7 – 9.30pm), Tuesday 20 December (7 – 9.30pm), Tuesday 10 January 2023 (7 – 9.30pm).
Steve Harper heads the Literary Department of Theatre503. In the 14 years he has worked at the venue he has been responsible for identifying and supporting over 1,000 debut playwrights and helping to start their career. He co-created the 503Five initiative and Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. He has developed an outstanding reputation for matchmaking writers, directors and producers including putting together the team that delivered the Olivier Award winning Rotterdam.
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