503Studio Masterclass: Adaptation & Action
Adaptation forces us to think hard about action, and the struggle to get internality out where we can see it.
This session will look at work by Andrei Platonov, a Russian voice of opposition who paid heavily for his actions. We’ll also explore Bliss, Fraser’s adaptation of the work now reaching production and ask why Platonov makes a good writing partner – and examine the very significant challenges Platonov’s story presents in terms of adapting it for a present day audience.
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.
Time: 2pm – 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.
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Fraser’s best-known play Breakfast with Mugabe won the John Whiting Award for Best Play and was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company and revived in the UK and the USA. More recently, Always Orange – about living through a terrorist attack on a major city – helped to relaunch The Other Place, the RSC’s base for new writing. His plays Perpetua (Verity Bargate Award, Best Play), Gifts of War, and The Lifesavers were all produced at Theatre 503. Other plays include Who Killed Mr Drum? (with Sylvester Stein); Frobisher’s Gold; King David, Man of Blood; Kalashnikov in the Woods by the Lake. All are published by Oberon Books. The latest play, BLISS, based on a short story by the Russian writer Andrey Platonov opens at the Finborough Theatre in May 2022 in production by Menagerie Theatre. The play is published by Methuen Drama. Fraser is co-author with Clare Bayley of Playwriting: A Writers’ and Authors’ Companion published by Bloomsbury. He currently co-directs Cambridge University’s MSt programme in Writing for Performance and is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, and a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.
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