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503Studio: Steve Waters

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503Studio Masterclass: Talking to the dead: adapting, revising and rethinking classic theatre texts

In this session Steve Waters will share his experience working on radical adaptations and revisions of plays by Brecht and Ibsen and explore how the work of tradition might speak to the present moment.

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: 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.

Steve Waters is a playwright and Professor of Scriptwriting at UEA; his many plays for the stage include Temple and Limehouse for the Donmar Warehouse, and his diptych of plays on climate change The Contingency Plan first staged at The Bush Theatre in 2009 and to be revived by Sheffield Theatres in March 2022 and his new version of Brecht’s ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ which opens at the Rose Theatre this year; he also writes for radio including his acclaimed 4-part drama ‘Song of the Reed’ starring Mark Rylance and Sophie Okonedo for Radio 4, and award-winning recent multi-part podcasts such as Fall of the Shah and Miriam and Youssef for BBC World Service.  He is currently embarking on an AHRC funded Leadership Fellowship scheme ‘The Song of the Reeds: Dramatising Conservation’; his books include ‘The Secret Life of Plays’ and ‘A Life in 16 Films: How Cinema Made a Playwright’


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