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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme: Developing Character with Sophie Swithinbank

Written by Sophie Swithinbank
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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme Course: Developing Character with Sophie Swithinbank

Through Jung’s theory of personality spectrums we will co-create a scenes together, building characters who meet each other in adverse situations. This masterclass will help with scene structure, plot development, as well as character creation. We will share our work out loud, if and when you feel comfortable to do so. The session is open to anyone with an interest in dramatic writing for stage or screen.

This session is part of our In-Person Writers’ Programme Weekend across Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June at what will be the 503Studio at Nine Elms!

The 503Studio will be opening fully in late Spring 2025. Currently, the space is still a work-in-progress and the building is still a ‘shell’, it is carpeted with full power and is wheelchair accessible. You can find out more the 503Studio at Nine Elms here.

By purchasing a ticket for all three Saturday sessions, you will be able to unlock a discounted price of £99 for the full day of sessions!

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 Writers Programme. If you would like to book a Share The Drama bursary for the Writer’s Programme, please call our box office on 02079787040.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know by contacting You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page.

Dates: Saturday 8th June 2024

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Running time of workshop: 2 hours – delivered in-person at the 503Studio at Nine Elms. Maximum class sizes are 16. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

Sophie Swithinbank

Sophie Swithinbank is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, based in London. She is the 2023 winner of the Peggy Ramsay/Film4 Award, for which she is writing a new play with support from the National Theatre. Sophie’s play Bacon (Tony Craze Award Winner 2018) ran at Finborough Theatre in 2022, to critical acclaim, and won three Off West End Awards. The run was extended due to popular demand, and will tour the UK and Australia in 2023-24. Bacon was optioned and developed for a TV adaptation with NBCUniversal, and has been nominated for a place on Soho Playhouse NYC's Encore Series. For TV Sophie has worked on L/OVER, a prime time drama for MTV Finland, with Gutsy Animations. She has developed VEDA, a grounded sci-fi series about the wellness industry, with Eleven/No Ordinary. Sophie is also working on BODY BROKER, a feature film with Eleven/No Ordinary as well as a new play commission with HFH Productions. Sophie’s previous theatre works include Even in Arcadia , Circle Game (Southwark Theatre, shortlisted for Phil Fox Award 2020), Where There Is Smoke (National Theatre Learning), Come Inside (Bush Theatre) and The Superhero (Lyric Hammersmith). Sophie’s new play Surrender opens at the Tom Thumb Theatre this year. She is an Associate Lecturer in Playwriting at Northampton University.


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