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TWP Autumn 23: Advanced Playwriting Course

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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme: Advanced Playwriting Course, Dawn King

Five weekly Thursday sessions from Thursday 28 September to Thursday 26 October, 7 – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom.

This five-week class is suitable for writers with some experience, who have already written scripts or had productions. You should come with a script in progress that you want to work on. Dawn King will take you through exercises re-examining structure, story and redrafting designed to develop your own work. You will be challenged to push your style and ideas and experiment with new theatrical forms. You’ll also receive feedback on your work from Dawn and the other writers. Dawn will tailor the course content around the needs of the participants.

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 as to where their work may best be suited in terms of future engagement.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us here.

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hoursdelivered online. Maximum class sizes are 16.

To sign up for advanced booking for future iterations of the Theatre503 Writers’ Programme, please join the waiting list here.

Dates/Times: Thursday 28 September (7 – 9.30pm), Thursday 5 October (7 – 9.30pm), Thursday 12 October (7 – 9.30pm), Thursday 19 October (7 – 9.30pm), Thursday 26 October (7 – 9.30pm).

Dawn King is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV, radio and other forms. Her play THE TRIALS had a sold-out English language premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2022 after a German production at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2021. Her play ADDICTIVE BEAT had an immersive production in a converted church in Southwark Park in September 2022 (with Boundless Theatre.) Her radical reinterpretation of DER KIRSCHGARTEN for director Katie Mitchell opened at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg in November 2022. She is currently adapting THE TRIALS for the screen with Firebird Pictures and is also working on feature film PIG CHILD for Delaval Film and the BFI and adapting her play FOXFINDER for the screen with Elation Pictures and Film Four.

Dawn’s previous work for the stage includes; FOXFINDER, originally produced by Papatango Theatre Company at The Finborough in 2011 and revived in a West End production at The Ambassadors in 2018; BRAVE NEW WORLD (Royal and Derngate) CIPHERS (The Bush) and SALT (National Theatre Connections.) She co-created immersive rave DYSTOPIA987 with Skepta for Manchester International Festival 2019.

For FOXFINDER, Dawn won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013, Papatango New Writing Competition 2011 and Most Promising Playwright, Off West End awards 2012. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2012 and the James Tait Black drama prize 2012. Dawn’s short film THE KARMAN LINE won 17 awards including the BIFA for Best Short and was BAFTA nominated in 2014.

Dawn teaches playwriting and screenwriting to adults and teenagers at City Lit, National Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama and elsewhere and also works as a dramaturg and script editor.


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