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WRITE AWAY! A SCRIPTWRITING COURSE FOR BEGINNERS AND NEW PLAYWRIGHTS

WRITE AWAY! Part 2

As the first part of our Write Away! new playwriting course comes to a conclusion, participants are encouraged to join Part 2.

April 15th - May 13th inclusive at 7pm

Unfortunately as Covid restrictions are still in place these sessions will continue to be held on Zoom.

The second part of the programme will build on the exercises and teaching in the first five sessions, culminating in a rehearsed reading of short pieces written by participants

Participation in the second part is restricted to those people currently on Write Away! 1 and remains excellent value at £25 for the 5 sessions.  If you have lost your booking code, then please contact headgatewriters@gmail.com

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

The Headgate Theatre, Colchester, Essex, is thrilled to announce a play writing course aimed at those writers new to creating work for theatre. In two parts, the first five sessions will be delivered online, and is open to anyone aged 18+ both local and UK wide.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Our Sofa2Stage programme showed us that there was so much talent in our community that had not found expression before. We have therefore designed this course for people who just starting out with the idea of writing plays (as opposed to stories or poetry). We would identify a beginner as someone who has written scripts and maybe has not had the confidence to share work, someone who has thought about giving play writing a go, or perhaps you have tried out some work on stage and want to develop good practice. The truth is, it’s for anyone aged 18 and over who would like motivation, support, and enjoyment in developing their script writing!

The course is not designed for people who have already had scripts for stage performed, or who have previously participated in a playwright programme.

People who have written or had radio plays performed would find new skill sets from this programme.

WHEN WILL THE COURSE RUN?

The first course is now full. If all goes well, we hope to run another course for young people during the summer, and then bring participants of both courses together for a day workshop during September.

WHO IS TEACHING THE COURSE?

Two Colchester based playwrights, who have had work produced outside the region, will facilitate the writer’s development.

Dr. Paul T. Davies is a writer, director, actor, critic and teacher. His plays include Living with Luke, (Mercury Theatre, Colchester/UK tour/schools), Play Something, (Lakeside Theatre, Essex University/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Drayton Arms Theatre, London) and his new play, Jacky, will perform at the newly refurbished Mercury Theatre once restrictions allow.

Griff Scott’s plays (stage and radio) include Saturday Night (Menagerie Theatre at the Studio, Mercury Theatre); #Tagged (Headgate Theatre); Number One the North Sea (INK Festival, directed by Tim Bentinck; and Sleeping Through (INK Festival directed by Helen Atkinson Wood). Griff is one half of the partnership “Radio Vision” which will present script-in-hand radio plays at the first Colchester Fringe Festival.

The sessions will always include exercises to get your creative juices going and will look at different aspects of writing such as character, structure, the writing of dialogue, raising the dramatic stakes and different genres. Break out groups will allow you to share your ideas and work in smaller, supportive groups. The main aim is to give you confidence to write and share your work!

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE COURSE?

The Zoom sessions can be booked via The Headgate website at a cost of £25 (£5 per session). Numbers will be restricted to ensure maximum benefit to participants.

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