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503Studio: Tristan Bernays

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503Studio Masterclass: Go Big or Go Home – Embracing Theatricality

This workshop will look at how to embrace theatricalilty and make your work more ambitious – all without betraying your original artistics intentions or breaking the bank.

As the start of a playwright’s career, we have big ideas and small budgets. Luckily, theatre is the perfect medium for just such a problem. We will experiment with simple theatrical tools and devices that can embrace the live nature of theatre. We’ll learn it’s possible to tell epic stories with nothing more than a chair. We’ll explore past examples of such work and find inpsiration to make our plays even more exciting and engaging.

A perfect workshop for people wishing to challenge themselves and find a way to reinvigorate their work.

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: 10am – 12.30pm

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.


Tristan is an award winning writer and performer whose work has been performed at The Globe, Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, National Theatre Studio and Southwark Playhouse.

He made his New York debut in January 2020 when Classic Stage Company produced his adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN as part of their Gothic Rep Season; later that year, his play TESTAMENT was adapted for the screen and streamed online, in response to the initial cancellation of its New York run due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
His play BOUDI
CA was performed at The Globe in 2017 with Gina McKee in the title role. (“Gina McKee reigns supreme.” ★★★★ The Guardian)
His show TEDDY at Southwark Playhouse won Best New Musical from the Off West End Award 2016 (“Energy and invention abound. Remarkable.” ★★★★ Evening Standard) and toured the UK in 2018 before returning to London.
OLD FOOLS premiered at Southwark Playhouse in 2018 and was nominated for 4 Off West End Awards, including Best Play (“Tristan Bernays has created a dementia parable that somehow moves and finds light in the deterioration of the mind – through love.” ★★★★ The Independent)
His one man show THE BREAD & THE BEER received rave reviews at Edinburgh Festival 2013 (“WOW… one of the most of the most action-packed dynamic shows of the Fringe.” ★★★★ The Scotsman) and transferred to Soho Theatre before a UK tour.
Tristan was Writer In Residence at Dancing Ledge TV Productions, as well as a member Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama, where he teaches Playwriting. / @tristanbernays


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