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503Studio: Chinonyerem Odimba

Written by Chinonyerem Odimba
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503 Studio Masterclass: Writing Away From Naturalism

This session will look at the techniques writers can use to move beyond the constraints of naturalism in their writing. What tools does the writer inherently have, and what practices can be utilised in order to open up our writing to more poetic and non-realist forms?

We have a limited amount of bursary places available via our Share the Drama scheme, thanks to the support of Dynamis for long term unemployed/those claiming income support/jobseekers allowance. Please contact us if you are eligible for a bursary and would like to take part in the course. 

Running time of workshop: 2.5-3 hours

Chinonyerem Odimba

Chinonyerem Odimba is a Nigeria-born, Bristol based playwright and poet. Her work for theatre includes The Bird Woman of Lewisham at the Arcola; Rainy Season, and His Name is Ishmael for Bristol Old Vic; Joanne for
Clean Break, and Amongst the Reeds for Clean Break and The Yard. More recently she has written a modern retelling of Twist for Theatre Centre which had a UK tour in Autumn 2017, Medea at Bristol Old Vic, and We Too, Are Giants for Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre). Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Adrienne Benham Award and the Alfred Fagon awards. In 2015 her unproduced play Wild is De Wind was shortlisted to the final ten for the Bruntwood Playwriting Award. She is the joint winner for the 2018 Sonia Friedman Award (Channel 4 Playwright Bursary) for a new play ‘How to Walk on the Moon’.
Chinonyerem Odimba’s ‘Princess & The Hustler’ recently toured across the UK for Eclipse Theatre’/Bristol Old Vic/HullTruck. She is currently working on a new community play at Kiln Theatre, London. She is the Writer-in-Residence at Live Theatre/Northumbria University for 2018/2019. As a Theatre Director, she has assisted Christopher Haydon on a 2017 production of ‘The Caretaker’ as well as directing a series of short plays at Theatre503 in 2018.


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