The play’s the thing - get a discount on weekend theatre workshop

Posted on: 15 October 2010 by Editor at Large

We all have a novel or a play or a film inside us struggling to get out, yet few of us ever get around to starting work on it.

Fewer still get around to finishing. And yet fewer have the staying power to redraft and rewrite until they get it right.

Starting the journey from an initial idea to a finished piece of work can be daunting. That’s where Euphoric Ink and their writing courses can help you to take the first steps.

Through their Fast Track Introduction to Playwriting weekend workshops, teacher Ola Animashawun, Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre and former head of its new writers programme, will take you through everything you need to know to craft your script. Through discussion, role-play exercises, reading excerpts from plays and writing activities, Ola will get you thinking about how best to tell your story.

It’s a hothouse course, so it can’t go into too much depth. But through recommendations of plays to see and further reading, it helps you access all of the tools of the trade, from characterisation and dialogue, to plot and structure.

50connect attended a weekend course in August. The attending group was a diverse mix of people, some who were published authors and others who were absolute beginners with a good idea.  People attended the course to motivate their writing for theatre, others wanted to motivate themselves to start writing.

Everyone, though, got something very substantial from the weekend.

It’s not a cookie-cutter process. All plays are different, the way that writers work is different. What the course taught us was really to think for ourselves about where we wanted to go.

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As well as the course work, there was an opportunity at lunch each day to talk to Ola about different aspects of his experiences in theatre.  Although not a writer himself, Ola knows what makes a play work and worked on revisions and rewrites with some of the country’s leading playwrites. Ola’s partner in Euphoric Link Nadine Khadr Renton is a script reader. As well as the introductory courses, they also offer a Script Reading Service and Play Development Consultancy, giving you feedback on your script or more in-depth support through every stage of the play development process.

The course was inspiring and although I haven’t yet written a single line of my play, I feel more confident now about making a start and planning my work before bumbling ahead.

The next workshop will be Fast Track Introduction to Playwriting on Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th November at Charter Chambers, London, 10.30am – 16.30pm.

This special discounted fee of £193 for 50connect readers also includes organic lunches, fair trade coffee and drinks on both days, all materials required for course and writers’ resource pack.

To take advantage of this offer email and quote ‘50CONNECT OFFER’.

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