Take Part in Write Now 7

Join us for our writing workshops if you want to try out something new, or if you have an idea you want to develop. We have four new workshops for you this year, with exciting guest speakers. All workshops are just £5.

Workshops are open to all, whatever your experience of writing. Places are limited so early booked is advised!

Top Tips for the Ten Minute Play

The short play is an increasingly popular forum for exploring contemporary themes and  ideas, with regular competitions and call outs for these bitesize dramas.  Jack Literary Manager David Bottomley shares his top ten tips in a two hour workshop dedicated to the art of creating the killer ten minute play.

David Bottomley is Literary Manager of the Jack, and a playwright and workshop leader. He has run workshops for Spread the Word, Goldsmiths, IDEO and IdeasTap. He founded the London Playwrights’ Collective and the Jack Writers’ Workshop. He took Message in a Bottle, his one man show to Edinburgh Festival 2012 and his play, The Peacock and the Nightingale, had it’s world premiere at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2014. He has recently had several of his short plays performed at venues throughout London, including The Arts Theatre, The LOST Theatre, TheatreN16, Southwark Playhouse and the Hope Theatre.

Saturday 14th May 1 – 3pm
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Understanding Structure

Can’t see the wood for the trees? This workshop is about giving you a grounding in structure, so that you have a foundation from which your wonderful dialogue can flourish. We will look at real world examples and then try and examine your own work to see how it holds up. Led by George Turvey.

George Turvey co-founded Papatango Theatre Company in 2007 and became the sole Artistic Director in January 2013. He trained as an actor at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and has appeared on stage and screen throughout the UK and internationally, including the role of Batman in Batman Live World Arena Tour. His directing credits include: After Independence (Papatango at the Arcola Theatre), Leopoldville (Papatango at the Tristan Bates Theatre), and Angel (Papatango at the Pleasance Islington and the Tristan Bates Theatre). As a dramaturg he has led the development on all of Papatango’s productions as well as being dramaturg for Write Now 6 and Write Now 7.

Saturday 21st May 1 – 3pm
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Where are you coming from?

Creating a distinct theatrical world is one of playwriting’s biggest challenges. Taking inspiration from the important places in our lives, this workshop will use a series of instant writing exercises to create an unexpectedly vivid theatrical location. A location ready for a story to grow out of. Led by Ben Musgrave.

Ben Musgrave
grew up in London, Bangladesh and India. His first play, Pretend You Have Big Buildings, won the inaugural Bruntwood Prize, and was performed in the main house of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (2007). He was subsequently commissioned by the National Theatre. Since then he has been performed by companies including The Birmingham REP, Paines Plough and Y Touring. His play for Only Connect, His Teeth, was Evening Standard and Time Out Critics’ Choice, and was nominated for an Off West End Award for best new play. His BBC R4 play, The British Club, was broadcast in 2012. Politrix, for The Big House, was at the Hackney Showrooms in March -April 2015. Across The Dark Water, about the Southampton plot to kill Henry V, toured venues on the south coast in July 2015. Crushed Shells and Mud, which was developed on attachment at the NT Studio, opened at the Southwark Playhouse in October 2015.  www.ben-musgrave.co.uk

Saturday 28th May 1 – 3pm
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From Character to Story

It’s often said that a writer needs to know a character better than they know themselves, but what does this mean and what are the most important things to know? This practical workshop will explore how character drives story and what the secret ingredients are to creating great character driven dramas. For beginners to experienced writers, bring a pen! Led by Lin Coghlan.

Lin Coghlan has written widely for Theatre, Film, TV and Radio. Work includes Mercy (Soho Theatre), Kingfisher Blue (The Bush), The Miracle (National Theatre), and Apache Tears (Clean Break) – winner of the Peggy Ramsey Award. Film: First Communion Day (BBC), Winner Dennis Potter Play of the Year and Some Dogs Bite (BBC), winner Audience Prize Nantes Film Festival. She has written for Grange Hill, Eastenders, The Bill, for CBBC Big and Small/Dinopaws and written and adapted many plays for radio.

Saturday 28th May 3.15 – 5.15pm
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Write Now 7 is supported by

ACE-funding Lewisham-funding Acorn-funding Unity-Theatre-funding