Is form political? What exciting spaces can be carved out between following the rulebook and throwing it out? How might a writer’s traditional tools be repurposed?
This weekend masterclass will explore ways to bend the established rules of scriptwriting. It will consider bedrocks of dramatic writing such as plot, character and setting, and the way conflict and change are typically enacted by – or against – these.
During the weekend we’ll ask to what extent received ideas and rules about scriptwriting are relevant now. Participants will explore these questions through discussion and sustained writing exercises, riffing off playwriting traditions but also looking beyond these towards performance art and devised theatre.
This workshop is led by writer and theatre-maker Tim Cowbury.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December
10am-5pm (including one-hour lunch break)
Tim Cowbury is a playwright and theatre-maker. As co-founder of Made In China, he has created acclaimed works that have been performed across UK, Europe and USA. These include Get Stuff Break Free (National Theatre, 2012) Gym Party (Battersea Arts Centre/UK and international tour, 2013)Tonight I’m Gonna Be The New Me (Soho Theatre/UK tour, 2015) and Double Double Act (Unicorn Theatre, 2017). Tim’s solo writing includes 2017’s The Claim, has been staged at venues including Young Vic, Crucible Theatre and The Public Theater, and is published by Oberon books. He designs and leads creative workshops in community/education settings across the UK, and has an MA in Writing For Performance from Goldsmiths University (Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship).
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