503Studio Masterclass: Autobiographical Playwriting
In this workshop Tonderai takes you through creating work from lived experience. Using knowledge gained from his experience of creating, performing and touring autobiographical theatre.
This workshop is specifically inspired by his critically acclaimed play Mugabe, My Dad and Me, shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award.
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: 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.
Tonderai is an actor, writer and director for theatre, screen and radio.
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in London. As well as comedy and drama he has also written prose (fiction and non—fiction) including the short stories Bullets (Black and Gay In The UK Anthology, Team Angelica Publishers) and A Dispatch From Zimbabwe: The Visiting Hours for The Johannesburg Book Of Reviews.
He is a founding member and co-artistic director of the international Shakespearean troupe Two Gents Productions renowned for their mix of new writing and classical adaptations including the acclaimed Two Gentlemen of Verona, Kupenga Kwa Hamlet, Magesti and The Importance of Being Earnest.
In 2021 Tonderai won a place on the inaugural writers’ collective at Stockroom (formerly Out of Joint). His latest play Mugabe, My Dad and Me was shortlisted for The Alfred Fagon Award 2019 and premiered in 2021 at York Theatre Royal in a collaboration with English Touring Theatre garnering a wealth of 4 and 5 star reviews. In 2022 it transferred to London’s Brixton House.
Tonderai is currently under commission to Hampstead, the RSC, Stockroom and the Watermill.
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