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Abi Zakarian

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503Studio Masterclass: Inside Out: making a monologue from scratch

Learn how to write a cracking monologue from scratch. From picking a voice, telling a story, world building and finding the tiny details which make it sing, Abi will take you through the basics, running exercises and helping you create a short dramatic monologue to share at the end of the session. Using examples from her own work and creating a fun and friendly space to share your work, this session aims to give you the essential tools to create dynamic monologues and expand your writing skills.

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


Abi Zakarian is an award-winning British-Armenian playwright. Her plays include: FOUND, produced by 45North for their Written on the Waves series of audio plays; WHAT THE THAMES TOLD ME produced by Arch468 for the Royal Docks ‘This is Who We Are’ festival, PERFECT MYTH ALLEGORY produced by Jermyn Street Theatre for their ‘15 Heroines’ series and which won an OffWestEnd OnComm award, I AM KARYAN OPHIDIAN produced by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for the Sam Wanamaker Theatre; ENOUGH, produced by Small Truth Theatre for the Kensington Karavan Festival; FABRIC, produced by Damsel Productions for Soho Theatre and a London Community tour; I HAVE A MOUTH AND I WILL SCREAM produced by Joyous Gard for VAULT Festival where it won the festival’s 2018 People’s Choice Award; A THOUSAND YARDS, produced by Feast Theatre at Southwark Playhouse. FABRIC, produced by Tremers Theatre, played at Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and won a Fringe First Award.

In 2019 she was co-commissioned to write the Brit School/Andrew Lloyd Webber Bridge Foundation musical for 2020 to be produced at Southwark Playhouse; in light of the Covid19 pandemic she and her composer and co-lyricist Colm Molly adapted the piece, A THRESHOLD, into a unique audio described/concept album/radio play hybrid which was made available for free download.

In 2021 she, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Sampira Al-Fihri founded Terrifying Women; a theatre company dedicated to women writing horror.

Her current commissions include: a musical with Futures Theatre, an immersive reimagining of the Edmonton Witch & Late Lancashire Witches, a multi-media play about Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta and a new play about 13th Century nun Hroswitha of Gandersheim.

Represented by Kara Fitzpatrick at Dalzell & Beresford Ltd.


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