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503Studio: Phoebe Eclair-Powell

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503Studio Masterclass: How to like your play again

We all know that feeling – the deadline is looming, you’re on the millionth draft of the play, you know you need to get it ‘finished’ whatever that means and you’re reading it through and thinking OH MY GOD I HATE THIS PLAY – WHAT WAS I THINKING. 

But don’t rip it up and start again (or maybe do?) Do this session first and let’s see if we can like our plays again – get back into the rhythm of the dialogue and remember that nice feeling we had when we started it and thought it was incredible and the best play ever written. Wouldn’t that be nice?

This is a session for anyone who is having a struggle with a current play and trying to remember why they wrote it in the first place and how to get it over that finish line with jazz hands. It will focus on what the play is trying to say (the central question), what we would like it to be (award winning/ mind blowing/ genre defining), how we can revolutionise what it is (form/structure/POV) and how to just get back into the groove (enjoy yourself). We will do this via some formal teaching chat, writing exercises and open discussion. 


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 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: 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.


Phoebe Eclair-Powell is a writer from South East London. Her recent play SHED: EXPLODED VIEW just won the prestigious Bruntwood Award for 2019. Her theatre credits include: DORIAN (Reading Rep Theatre), Harm (Bush Theatre), Really Big and Really Loud (Paines Plough), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Watermill Theatre), These Bridges (National Theatre Connections Festival), TORCH with Jess Edwards (Underbelly, New Diorama), Epic Love and Pop Songs (Pleasance Theatre), Fury (Soho theatre), WINK (Theatre 503).

Her TV credits include: Harm (BBC iPlayer), Two Weeks To Live (Sky), Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

Phoebe is currently working on her first feature film with Film Cymru Wales. 

Photo credit: Helen Murray


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