Playwriting 102 ( 10 Days)

language: English

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Date:

11 November 2019 - 21 November 2019
Time: 5:00 PM
Duration: 3 hrs

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In this 10-day workshop participants will lead the way in the creation of ideas, of new forms and visions, and in the quality, originality and vibrancy of plays. During the workshop participants, will learn the basics of playwriting and develop and refine their skills and talents in writing. It will facilitate critical thinking about playwriting through encouraging and facilitating debate and discussion and advocating for playwrights.

Outline: 

DAY 1
Character development –
What makes a great character? Discussion and examples. Spectrum of emotion exercise
Detailed character exploration through questions Status card games
Subversion of expectation – surprises, secrets and lies. Keeping an audience guessing.
Character presentations.

DAY 2
Monologues
What is a monologue? Why are they important within drama? Example texts from various plays of monologues and active speech.
Monologue project set – each student will be developing a character they will write a monologue for (possibly performed at end of week in peer groups). From now the sessions will be split with half given over to textual analysis of a full-length play (to be chosen from syllabus) and then the completion of this project.
The language of dramatic writing
Exploring language patterns within speech. Formal and informal.
How status affects this.
How sentence structure, length and punctuation can affect delivery.

DAY 3
Textual analysis of a full-length play
Monologue writing
Working on first draft of monologue with help from the tutor and group discussion about work in progress.

DAY 4
Textual analysis of a full-length play - continued
Rewriting
Receiving and completing notes. Redrafting techniques.
One to one sessions with feedback on monologue first draft.
Second draft of monologue to be completed.

DAY 5
Feedback and final draft to be completed.
Presentation of monologues to group with peer to peer feedback and analysis.

DAY 6 & 7
What is a duologue?
Examples from scenes where a character is placed within a context where they need something from a second character and the tactics they use to achieve this.
Dialogue
Looking in forensic detail at how dialogue is constructed, including: The language of dialogue.
Actioning workshop on transitive verbs
Rhythm and texture of language used in dialogue Objectives / Super objectives / subtext
Duologue project set – each student will develop a second character and complete a polished duologue scene (possibly to be performed in peer groups at end of week). From now the sessions will be split with half given over to textual analysis of a full- length play (to be chosen from syllabus) and then the completion of this project.

DAY 8
Textual analysis of a full-length play
Duologue writing
Working on first draft of monologue with help from the tutor and group discussion about work in progress.

DAY 9
Rewriting
Receiving and completing notes. Redrafting techniques.
One to one sessions with feedback on monologue first draft.
Second draft of duologue to be completed.

DAY 10
Feedback and final draft to be completed.
Presentation of duologues to group with peer to peer feedback and analysis. 

Facilitator Bio: Andrew Thompson, trained and worked as an actor for ten years for companies including National Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and ITV. He began writing short plays and moved to Edinburgh to focus on writing.

Andrew's work has been staged in Newcastle, Sheffield, London and Edinburgh. He was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Fellowship in 2014 and has developed work with Live Theatre, Newcastle and Playwright Studio Scotland. His play In Event of Moone Disaster won the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award 2016 and was staged at the theatre in October 2017. His comedy script Spear Carriers is currently under option at Hartswood Films.

 

Workshop Level: Intermediate