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TWP Spring 24: In-Person Intensive Advanced Playwriting Course

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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme Masterclass: In-Person Intensive Advanced Playwriting Course, Brad Birch

2 sessions on Saturday 13th January and Saturday 20th January at Theatre503 in Battersea. The course will take place between 10am – 6pm with a 1 hour lunch break.

Intended for playwrights who feel they have a grip on the basics. Over the course we will explore how we can push and develop our ideas, add to our playwriting toolkit and learn how to redraft more efficiently and effectively. There’ll be writing exercises, plays to read (between the sessions) and lots to talk about.

Session One – Character – learning from your characters; developing backstory that feels real rather than convenient for the play; sharpening choices and intentions; how characters can operate in different styles of theatre.

Session Two – Structure – planning versus splurging; traditional structures as tools rather than prescriptions; when a character note is actually a structure note; characters leading plot and plot leading characters.

Session Three – Space – what your play looks like; how the use of space can affect the drama; the presence of the audience.

Session Four – Dialogue and Action – how our scenes stay active; the tricks and tactics that characters use to get what they want; sharpening intentions.

Session Five – Surgery – an opportunity to bring problems to the group – what we’re stuck on, what we’re worried about, where we’re lost.

Theatre503’s Playwriting Courses are bespoke to the individual practitioners. They are now all being pitched to an advanced level, where participants will be expected to have at least some experience of the basic areas of playwriting craft, even if they have not yet written a full length play. All of the expected areas of craft will be covered by each practitioner but how those practitioners engage with those areas may differ from course to course.

Please see the individual course breakdown for more information. 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.

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.

Dates: Saturday 13th January & Saturday 20th January

Time: 10am – 6pm

Running time of workshop: 7 hours each (with a 1 hour lunch break) – delivered in-person. Maximum class sizes are 16.


Brad Birch is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from Mid Wales.

His work has been produced in the UK, USA, Japan, Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy and Malta. In 2016, he was awarded the Harold Pinter Commission at the Royal Court.

His plays are published by Methuen Drama and his first anthology, Plays One, was published in 2018.

Plays include: Missing People; Black Mountain; The Brink; Gardening for the Unfulfilled and Alienated; and Tender Bolus. He is currently writing a new feature for Rooks Nest and Film4.

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