LATEST COURSES 2019:
SIMON VINNICOMBE - WRITING COURSE 10 WEEKS - SCRIPTWRITING - LONDON
POLLY THOMAS RADIO PRODUCER - WRITING FOR RADIO - 2 FULL DAYS - MANCHESTER
CHRIS NEIL WRITING COMEDY - TBD
KAREN BROWN WRITING FOR RADIO - 20 WEEKS SOLD OUT
Stage Writing LONDON 2019 - Advanced 10 weeks - Simon Vinnicombe - 7th May
A ten week course for writers wanting to complete a new full length play.
10 days 60 hours
These 10 weeks and any following workshops will follow the same format as most University MA Theatre / Playwriting courses.
Simon has taught MA Theatre for several years.
Testimonials from 2018 Course - Advanced Writing for Theatre
I learnt how to use silence / stage directions / the 5 act structure and how to surprise my audience.
Simon is focused and knowledgeable, a superb communicator and when he gives a critique it is insightful, helpful and apposite.
I learnt how to pare back my use of language for theatre, to home in on the essential desires driving my characters.
I have learnt how to highten the stakes through my narratives. The teaching on this course can not be praised highly enough. It is not taught in an autocratic way, a personal interpretive manner was used.
7th May 2019 - 14th May - 21st May - 28th May - 4th June - 11th June - 18th June - 25th June - 2nd July- 9th July
Each session will explore a new element of theatre writing from structure, narrative, dramatic action, dialogue, character, stage directions and form. We will also explore a new text each week and workshop new pieces of work from course participants. Some of this work will be set by the course leader and some will be a continuation of your own work/play. The course will also incorporate at least two one on one tutorials with a view to helping participants towards creating a full length new play. It’s recommended that you have some experience in writing for theatre, whether on a previous course or at University. This course is focused on helping you complete a play you can be proud of and ready to submit to theatres.
- There may be a follow on from this course which will involve getting your plays on their feet with actors and directors depending upon what the group want.
Simon’s other work has been produced at the Bush Theatre, Union Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Southwark Playhouse, the Old Vic Theatre, the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City and on BBC Radio 4. He is currently under commission for the Soho Theatre and the National Youth Theatre. His play ‘Tomorrow’ was performed at the National Theatre. His new play ‘R and D’ opened on the 22nd September 2016 at The Hampstead Theatre. All of Simon’s plays have been published by Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury Press). Simon is under commission for the Hampstead Theatre. Simon has just returned from New York working on film as a dramaturg for Missing Link.
Polly Thomas Radio Producer - Writing for Radio - 2 days - Manchester - 11th & 18th May
SOLD OUT - RESERVE LIST please e mail
2 consecutive Saturdays - Saturday 11th May & Saturday 18th May - 10am-4pm
Over the 2 Saturdays these workshops will explore what makes writing for audio drama different.
What radio can do that theatre can't? How is radio so like film? And why is silence one of the mose effective tools for the radio writer? The workshops will involve listening, practical exercises, information of the BBC commissioning process and on the spot writing.
For writers who have had some work published or produced in any way or have done a long term script writing course eg doesn't have to be fully professional.
Day 1: The group will listen to radio drama, and discuss radio drama technique and commissioning etc. Writers will then do some writing with sound, taking that idea away and developing it in to a scene over the next week. This should then be sent in to Polly to be read before the next workshop on the 18th.
Day 2: Script editing exercises. Polly will talk about what the group have written, picking up on ideas and techniques that people are exploring. She would like to offer each writer a 10 minute one to one session at the end to look at how they take their work forward.
Polly is a multi award winning producer / director, consistenly producing high class drama.
Awards include producing A Tale of Two Cities by Ayesha Menon Best Adaptation and Of Lifetime by Lulu Razcka, Imison Award winner 2019; Bronze in Best Drama Producer at Audio Production Awards 2017; Best Feature shortlist, for Sounds Like She, ARIAS 2017: 2015 new writing supporter award from Writers Guild of Great Britain; 2013 Best Series BBC Audio Drama Awards, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum; 2013 Sony Bronze, My Boy by Laura Lomas; and 2010 Best Radio Drama Producer, RPA
Recent work includes producing Claudia Roden – A Book of Middle Eastern Food by Anjum Malik and Amy Dorrit by April de Angelis and Nicola Werenowska with Graeae Theatre, all for Radio 4; a new version of Lorenzaccio by Dan Rebellato for BBC Radio 3.
In 2017, she directed Samson Young’s live audio drama for MIF; comedian Richard Herring’s Radio 4 show, Relativity; and Oedipus the King by Anthony Burgess for BBC Radio 3, starring Christopher Ecclestone.
In 2016, she produced Stella, by Neil Bartlett, for LIFT, Brighton and Holland Festivals; Emile Zola: Blood Sex and Money for BBC Radio 4; and Adam’s Apple/Hush….? a new music work about voice and gender identity, with Alex Bulmer and Errollyn Wallen.
Polly worked as an in-house BBC Radio Drama Producer for ten years. During that time she produced several significant projects, such as co-creating with writer Vanessa Rosenthal Writing the Century, the ongoing Woman’s Hour drama series that charts the 20th century through real letters and diaries; co-produced the simultaneous live Radio 3 broadcast and performance of five new plays from the Royal Court Theatre London in 2007, during its 50th anniversary celebrations; devised and co-produced the groundbreaking Radio 4 dramatisation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Alex Bulmer and Jack Thorne, developed with Graeae, the disability led theatre company, and starring David Bower, a leading Deaf actor from Sign Dance Collective; devised and produced the pan European Radio 4 drama The Unexpected European, involving six European public broadcasters working together, transmitted on BBC Radio 4, YLE (Finland) and the European Parliament intranet; and executive produced both of celebrated film maker Terence Davies’ radio plays for BBC Radio. Polly is a co-founder and co-director of Thomas Carter Projects, an international media and performance company. We are currently producing 24 Hours of Peace by Neil Bartlett, a 24 hour non stop performance live on Resonance FM digital radio and Royal Exchange Theatre stage, November 2019.
Testimonials - Polly Thomas - Writing for Radio Workshops
Polly produces, she pitches to the commissioner so she is the person that writer's go to to get their work commissioned, it doesn't get any better than that. The course comes from the experience of real practitioners, practical information that was presented in an interesting informal way. The course was useful with good industry insights. Polly was great, down to earth, full of practical advice. Polly Thomas is an excellent tutor. Her long experience in radio added to her lively, approachable and encouraging style, made the whole session very enjoyable and useful. A lot of useful information and varied. This kept it interesting and energetic and it's essential as a writer to trust the tutor, with the experience Polly has you can certainly learn so much. It's been a very useful workshop to show the unique aspects of radio. Great presenter. It was inspirational and full of practical do's and don'ts.
Writing Conflict 1st December 2018 10am - 4pm Birmingham £37.50
A one day workshop focusing on How conflict motivates characters How conflict drives our stories forward The complexity of writing conflict - Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights. Karen has worked in soap, written episodes of continuing drama and written authored dramas for BBC 1. THE RAIN HAS STOPPED saw Shiela Hancock nominated for an RTS best actress award. She was nominated for RTS scriptwriting award for the THE SHRINE. Karen has written several highly acclaimed R4 dramas and an award winning stage play. Her screen work includes soap, continuing drama and authored dramas for BBC 1. THE RAIN HAS STOPPED saw Shiela Hancock nominated for an RTS best actress award. And she was nominated for a RTS scriptwriting award for the THE SHRINE. After being chosen to be part of MediaXChange High End TV program she's currently writing for a new TV drama series, has film and radio and tv scripts in development and a stage commission.
Testimonials Writing For Conflict
Clear presentation, inspiring
An excellent tutor and excellent value for money.
After writing semi successfully I feel that I've moved forward today
Theatre Writing Course MAY LONDON 2018 - Advanced 10 weeks SOLD OUT
A ten week course for writers wanting to complete a new full length play.
10 days 60 hours These 10 weeks and any following workshops will follow the same format as most University MA Theatre / Playwriting courses. Simon has taught MA Theatre for several years.
Writing a Radio Play - a 10 week workshop SOLD OUT
Saturday mornings 10am until 12
Starting January 14 for 10 weeks
It is envisaged that at the end of the 10 weeks that everyone will have at least a first draft of a radio play. A similar course three years ago with ten writers. Three of those scripts opened doors to meetings with BBC radio producers and one writer has a script in development.
Top class course. Amazing, very practical, very good on story, generous, supportive, warm-hearted, knowledgeable. It's lovely to be having fun while learning about writing. Daragh
Once again Karen has delivered a cracker. Informative, insightful, incisive and full of brilliant advice. Her ability to analyse work is second-to-none.
More of the same please, it's been excellent.
Workshop - Writing Conflict
Gave me a better insight to how I use tools to convey conflict and how to improve it.
Conflict is an important and difficult issue in writing. This course has really opened up the topic
Workshop - Writing Fantastic Scenes
Like actually getting on the bike having spent five years studying the make up of carbon fibre tubing. Like having studied survival in non gravitational environments and the rocket finally taking off.
Workshop - Writing for Television
Concise, helpful, motivating, friendly and encouraging overview of TV writing.
The day was great - value for money - just right for me - thanks.
Writing for Radio
Excellent - unbelievable value for money.
20 week course - Scriptwriting
Fantastic really relaxed but always structured and supportive. The focus was on completing a 45 min script at the end of the 20 weeks and I did that. I sent it out and got meetings with TV companies on the back of it. recommend highly.
Workshop - TV scriptwriting
Very clear concise and informative. I left feeling inspired and enriched.
Workshop - Writing For Radio
An excellent day with plenty of insight, very well presented. As a one day workshop it had good structure and plenty of content.
Workshop - Script Editors
Very clear presentation and shows you what script editors really look for.
20 week course - Script
In the first session I learnt more than I had learnt in the whole of my MA.
Workshop - Radio Commissioning
Inspired. Completed an outline in my lunchtime. Cannot wait to plant bum on seat to write, rewrite rewrite and more. Other ideas knockin on the skull bones. Very helpful. Thank you.
4 scripts that we have developed are being staged.
2 scripts have been commissioned
Well Done to the writers , we can only help nurture talent that is already there.
Master Raconteur may start producing in 2019 - watch this space
16th – 18th September 2016
Weekend Retreat - Two nights accommodation all food and masterclasses
Nestled in a peaceful mid Welsh Valley; a bright, calm motivational place to inspire your imagination.
Join in the sessions or just take time out to write. In addition to writing, dialogue, characterisation, structure, there will be a session on how directors and actors analyse a script. It is envisaged that everyone will have a very short script for a read-through on Sunday.
In July we will ask for a very short sample of your writing, this can be anything of your choosing but not poetry or prose.
Accommodation is in twin room. Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis.