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503Studio: Timberlake Wertenbaker

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503Studio Masterclass: Time

In this session with Timberlake Wertenbaker, you will explore how playwrights work with time, the passage of time, moments in time, the shifting of time scene to scene, and in what time a play might be set.

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)

Thanks to DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund and 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 Autumn 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. You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us.

Time: 2 – 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.

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

Timberlake Wertenbaker is a Basque Country-raised, British-based playwright, screenplay writer and translator.

She has been the Arts Council writer in residence with Shared Experience and the Thames Television writer in residence at the Royal Court.  She received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2004. She was the Royden B Davis visiting professor of drama at Georgetown University, Washington DC in 2005-2006 and the Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Freud Museum in 2011.

Timberlake is the recipient of numerous drama awards including an Olivier award and the 1990 New York Drama Critics award for Our Country’s Good, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Critics’ Circle and Susan Smith Blackburn awards for Three Birds Alighting on a Field, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award for Jefferson’s Garden, and the Eileen Anderson Central TV Drama Award for The Love of the Nightingale.

Productions include:  Winter Hill (Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 2017); My Father Odysseus (Unicorn 2016); Jefferson’s Garden (Watford Palace Theatre; Ford Theatre, Washington D.C.); The Ant and the Cicada (Royal Shakespeare Company); Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse); The Line (Arcola); Galileo’s Daughter (Bath Theatre Royal); Credible Witness, The Break of the Day, Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Royal Court Theatre); Our Country’s Good (London West End and Broadway, nominated for five Tony awards); The Grace of Mary Traverse  (Royal Court); The Ash Girl (Birmingham Rep); After Darwin (Hampstead Theatre); The Love of the Nightingale (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Translations Include:  Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall); Phèdre (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Ontario) Antigone (Southwark Playhouse); Hippolytus (Riverside Studios); Elektra, Hecuba (ACT, The Getty); Wild Orchids (Chichester Festival Theatre); Filumena (Peter Hall Company at the Piccadilly) Jenufa (Arcola); Sophocles’s Theban Plays (Royal Shakespeare Company); Arianne Mnouchkine’s Mephisto (Royal Shakespeare Company); Marivaux’s False Admissions and Successful Strategies (Shared Experience at the Lyric Hammersmith).

Current: Timberlake has recently translated Little Brother (Scribe 2021, PEN translation award) by Amets Arzallus Antia and Ibrahima Balde, the story of a young Guinean’s journey to Europe in search of his brother, which she is currently adapting into a play.

She is also writing a new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Timberlake is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the UNESCO Professor of Playwriting at the University of East Anglia.


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