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503Studio: Ishy Din

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503Studio Masterclass: Dramatic Action

This workshop will look at what we mean by dramatic action, how it works in plays and how we can ensure that we are embedding it in our own work. The session will involve discussion, writing exercises and possibly some sharing of 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 Spring 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: 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.

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


Currently Ishy is under commission from the RSC for a new play about the Mughals.  Other original projects in development include a crime drama for Lime Pictures, a feature film, FRAUD, through Gurinder Chadha’s company Bend It Networks and PAAK UNITED, with producer Paul Kewley, both projects development funded by Creative England.  His most recent play, APPROACHING EMPTY, a co-production between Tamasha/The Kiln/Live Theatre, Newcastle opened at The Kiln in London in January 2019 and toured until April.  Other credits for the same year include an episode of SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY (BBC).  In 2018 TAXI TALES, produced by Tamasha, was broadcast on BBC2 as part of BBC LIVE, (BAC/ACE/BBC) live theatre broadcast.  In 2016/2017, Ishy wrote on C4 series ACKLEY BRIDGE, eps in series 1 & 2 and took part in the prestigious Media XChange Advanced Writing For Television Drama Programme.  In 2016, his play WIPERS, a Leicester Curve/Watford Palace/Belgrade, Coventry co-production toured to those three theatres. In 2015/16 Ishy developed MIDNIGHT DREAMS, an original drama pilot under the BBC TV Drama Writers Programme.

Ishy Din’s first radio play was JOHN BARNES SAVED MY LIFE for BBC Radio 5 Live.  Other credits include LIFE’S LIKE THAT for the the BBC TV Brief Encounters strand and PARKING AND PAKORAS for local radio. His play SNOOKERED was produced by Tamasha/Oldham Coliseum/The Bush and toured in 2012 taking in the Traverse Edinburgh and a 4 week run at the Bush Theatre, London.  Ishy was the 2012 Pearson Writer in Residence at the Manchester Royal Exchange and in 2013 Snookered won ‘Best New Play’ at the Manchester Theatre Awards. In the same year, he wrote short film PERFUME for Eclipse Theatre’s ’10 x 10′ online project. In 2013 Ishy’s half hour standalone comedy drama DOUGHNUTS was broadcast on C4 as part of the ‘Coming Up’ season and short film OUR LAD was produced, directed by Rachna Suri, which was selected for multiple international festivals. In 2014 his monologue for Company TSU played in a double bill called BEATS NORTH at Edinburgh Fringe Fest and on tour and he took part in the Bush/Kudos new writing scheme.


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