0930 – 1630
The course runs from Monday 11th September to Wednesday 13th September.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 1-2 Downside Rd, Bristol, BS8 2XF
This course is a fast-paced introduction to the craft of writing plays and suitable for those with an existing interest in theatre and writing for live performance. You may have had a go at writing a play already, or just be looking for the confidence to put pen to paper in a supportive environment. If you want to write lots, share ideas, learn in a group setting and hear from professionals and actors in training on the craft of writing for theatre, this course will be a perfect fit.
Our first day will be a grounding in the fundamentals of playwriting: dramatic action, character, dialogue, location and structure. We’ll also delve into personal experience and memory, alongside looking at the world around you to find subject matter to spark an exciting new idea for a play.
We’ll develop your ideas as a group via workshop exercises and discussion, and think about the scope of your premise. You might be writing a short play, or exploring the beginning of something much bigger. We’ll write quickly, share writing together, and build one another’s confidence for an overnight polish of a five-minute excerpt from your new idea.
In the morning you’ll watch a piece of theatre together (a recording of a live show) and then hear about the professional development process that led to its making, giving you an insight on the collaborative nature of creating a new production. In the afternoon we’ll welcome BOVTS actors to bring your work to life in a round-table reading – an invaluable opportunity to hear your work in the mouths of performers.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
A notebook, a pen or a laptop – whatever you would like to write on.
WHERE CAN I GET FOOD?
We advise you to bring food and drink with you each day. Otherwise shops can be found nearby on Whiteladies Road.
If you wish to cancel your place on the course, you will receive a full refund if you notify the school at least 7 days prior to the start of the course. For cancellations, contact [email protected]
We will make all reasonable efforts to deliver a short course as outlined on our site and in any brochure or published material. However, we reserve the right to cancel a short course in case of events outside our control or if the course fails to meet a minimum number of participants. In the event that we cancel a course, we will inform participants who have booked a place via email at least 7 days prior to the start date. We will also provide a full refund of the course fee paid. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School cannot be held responsible for any expenses you incur due to such a cancellation.