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TWP Spring 24: Political Theatre

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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme Course: Political Theatre

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances Atiha Sen Gupta is unable to present this masterclass. We are delighted to announce that Satinder Chohan will be instead leading ‘Political Theatre’!

Is all theatre political?

What does a political play look like?

What role does theatre have to engage with the big themes of our times?

Come along on the 15 January to discuss, debate and disagree. We’ll read through some excerpts of plays and explore how playwrights navigate politics in their work or not and run through some writing exercises which explore these questions

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Dates: Monday 15th January

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered in-person at Theatre503.

Satinder is a journalist and documentary researcher/AP turned playwright, who graduated with an MA in English Language and Literature from Yale University. Her plays include Zameen (Kali Theatre, UK tour); KabaddiKabaddiKabaddi (Pursued By A Bear, UK regional tour); Made In India (Tamasha Theatre/Belgrade Theatre/Pilot Theatre, UK tour, 2017 ACTA Best Production Award) and Lotus Beauty (Hampstead Theatre/Tamasha). In 2013, she received the Adopt A Playwright Award.

An Associate Artist with Sphinx Theatre and one of Rifco Theatre’s 21 Artists, she is currently developing Empire of the Mind (Kali Theatre/Tamasha), Mia and the Fish (National Theatre’s Connections) and adapting young adult Partition novel A Beautiful Lie (Tara Arts).

Her audio dramas include an adaptation of Pam Gem’s Camille (BBC Radio 3); Garlands (BBC Radio 3); Steam Rises (Tamasha/National Archives), Scar Tissue (Tamasha/Migration Museum), an adaptation of The Girl of Ink and Stars (Spark Arts) and upcoming new Radio 4 drama Southall Uprising about the anti-National Front protests of 1979 (February 2024 broadcast).

She is also currently writing novel ‘Pind’ about Punjabi Sikh immigrants and developing short film Bussing.


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