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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.
Please read this information in full before booking your place.
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.
The first five sessions will be online, via Zoom, starting on Thursday 4th March at 7pm and running to Thursday 1st April. The sessions will last 2 hours, and participants will spend time in small groups as well as the main session. There will be small tasks to be completed in between sessions.
The second five sessions will be in the theatre building as soon as Covid restrictions allow - hopefully, April/May.
Current COVID-19 restrictions mean that the theatre itself is closed. Therefore, at the time of writing, we know we can offer the first five sessions online.
This gives us a unique opportunity, to welcome writers outside of the Colchester area and throughout the UK.
Part two will welcome the writer’s group into The Headgate itself at some point after Easter, culminating in a sharing of new writing to a small audience.
The numbers for part two will be limited, and that limit may be determined by whatever social distancing regulations are in place at that time. We will, of course, keep you informed of developments as and when they happen! If you are outside the region, however, please be aware you may only be able to participate in part one.
If all goes well, we hope to run another course for young people during the summer, and then bring participants of both groups together for a day workshop during September.
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!
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.