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503Studio: Silva Semerciyan

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503Studio Masterclass: Developing Characters

We will look at character development in relation to ‘odd couples’ and ‘cross purposes’ as well as how to make your characters’ voices distinctive, taking into account dialect, sociolect and idiolect and how we can harness distinctive verbal patterns.

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.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us here.

Time: 7pm – 9.30pm

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

Silva Semerciyan is an American playwright living in the UK. Her play I and the Village premiered at Theatre 503 in 2015 and was a finalist for the Bruntwood Prize and an Offie Award for best new play. Her other plays include Witches Can’t Be Burned (National Theatre Connections); Another Man’s Son (winner of the William Saroyan Prize); A Quest for Arthur (National Theatre’s Lets Play Series); The Light Burns Blue (Tonic Theatre’s Platform Series); Under a Cardboard Sea, The Window, and The Tinderbox (Bristol Old Vic Theatre); Flashes (Young Vic Theatre); and Gather Ye Rosebuds (Winner, Best New Play, Brighton Fringe Festival). Her first radio play, Varanasi, was shortlisted for a BBC audio drama award. She holds an MPhil in Playwriting from The University of Birmingham.


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