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Introduction to Playwriting with Sophie Swithinbank: Theatre503 Writers’ Programme

19 Sep - 24 Oct
Written by Sophie Swithinbank
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How To Start Writing

A playwriting course for newcomers. Sophie Swithinbank will take 4 sessions to get you to a point where you are ready to write. There’ll then be one session after the writing break where we will hear one another’s writing.

Session 1: Starting points & process
There is no right way to write a play. We will start to work out what we respond to, helping us identify our taste whilst appreciating how individual each writer is. We will begin to explore who we might be as writers. We will discuss process, collaboration, & the kind of dogged patience required for the long haul of making work.

Session 2: Inspiration & building drama
Using visual prompts, we will start to exercise our writing muscles. We will look at what creates drama, & what action really is.

Session 3: Mining yourself
Using ourselves, our history, & a host of prompts, we will stir up some deep-rooted questions & ideas.

Session 4: Structure
Borrowing from some classic & genius structure-makers – Kurt Vonnegut, Pixar – we will learn what we need to write a play.

One week writing break
During the break you will write five pages of drama. It will be a scene from the play or show that you have conceived, broadly structured, & hopefully named.

Session 5: Readings and Feedback
You will have the experience of hearing your work read aloud, with a short discussion directly after. Be prepared to be an actor in each other’s scenes.

Please note we cannot commit to an ongoing dramaturgical relationship with any pieces that may develop on this course, or commit to a production. However we will offer an open and honest discussion with all participants about possible next steps for their work, recommendations of other development opportunities that might be of benefit, and guidance to where their work may best be suited in terms of future engagement.

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 filling out the Google Form linked here or contacting Theatre503 via our Writers’ Programme email, writersprogramme@theatre503.com or by calling 02079787040. You can view what we currently are able to offer on our Accessibility page.

Maximum class sizes are 16. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

This course will take place online via Zoom. 

Dates: Thursday’s, 7pm – 9:30pm. Thursday 19 September, Thursday 26 September, Thursday 3 October, Thursday 10 October and Thursday 24 October.

 

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.

 

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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Thursday 19 September Thu 19 Sep 19:00 Book Now
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