Category Archives: Playwriting Courses

Happenings in March 2018

I’ve been quietly collecting and collating all the successes, big and small, of the writers who have attended my courses and workshops. Here are the first few who have taken up the challenge of developing their work to a professional level and have kept writing through the blood, sweat and tears, remembering to subvert all the cliches. Today, because they have work currently showing, I give you Jeff Page, Linda Morse, Roy Chatfield, and John Yates.

Jeff Page – Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah

Exciting news about Jeff’s play Checkpoint Chana which is in rehearsals at The Finborough, London and opens on 4 March. At the time of writing, tickets are still available for the two week run.

Jeff attended Scriptwriters Doo Dah at Salisbury Arts Centre and went on to take John Burgess’s course at the Nuffield in Southampton.

 Linda Morse – Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah

A prolific writer who has been coming to the Wednesday night workshops for five years, Linda has a play, Scattered, accepted for Bread and Roses Theatre’s new writing night, Y-Robot, in March.

She has had four submissions successes since October this year:  The Box a monologue for Director’s Cut, Southwark Playhouse.   Connie, an audio monologue, was selected out of over 300 for performance on Soundworks-uk online from November 1stScattered was selected by Tea-Powered Theatre Bristol on 18 November.  All Four of Them for Bunker Bites at Bunker Theatre, London on Dec 7th.

Linda has written several full length plays which she developed during the Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah course, and revised for rehearsed readings: Empty Mirrors reached the top twenty in Bristol Old Vic’s 2014 Open Session, and was on the shortlist for Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell, Playwriting Competition.

Privet Flowers, a monologue, was performed by Ripped Script theatre company at Plymouth Fringe Festival. Privet Flowers was Linda’s response to a night walk across Dorset fields.  Three a.m. is a time of disquiet … of madness.

In April 2017 ‘A Shared Breath’, a piece exploring the effects of adoption, was performed as a staged reading at Salisbury Playhouse in The Salberg, as part of Theatre Fest West.

She has had short pieces performed in Salisbury, Exeter, London and Dorset, with a recent piece, The Slipper Salesman, performed as part of the Salisbury Fringe Festival Preview. The Slipper Salesman was inspired by Italo Calvino’s Mr Palomar which we explored at the Wednesday night writing session.

Roy Chatfield – Red Hot Writers’ Group

Julian Fellowes announced the Terrence Rattigan Society award winners at Harrow School in October. Roy Chatfield was the runner up with his play Going Back which received a rehearsed reading directed by Adrian Brown in January 2018.

Roy writes: ‘Michael Darlow gave a speech beforehand on Rattigan’s relevance today. One of the points he made was that nowadays there are more good plays being written than opportunities to perform them. To be successful a play has to have that extra edge. It was the work with you in Red Hot Writers that gave that to Going Back, so thank you, Angie.’

Roy’s second success was And Now We Tell Our Tale directed by John Baxter and filmed by Mark McGann. Five professional actors brought alive memories of Andover in the 1960’s – the decade that changed the town for ever. The piece combines a range of live theatre performance styles and filmed episodes. Performers are young people drawn from Andover primary and secondary schools. Based on interviews with people who witnessed the London overspill scheme that transform Andover from a small market town, And Now We Tell Our Tale will be touring local schools.

John Yates – Red Hot Writers’ Group

John started his writing career at Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah at Salisbury Arts Centre on Wednesday nights five years ago and has since built an impressive writing CV, having his first play performed at Theatre 503, the new writing theatre, in London. He graduated to the Emerging and Red Hot Writers group and gained ACE funding to develop his play Islam, which had a rehearsed reading at Salisbury Playhouse.

His latest play, Axe, which he’s been developing at Red Hot Writers over the past year, caught the eye of Sharon Lawless at Forest Forge Theatre based in Ringwood. An ambitious play, carefully researched, it features dancers, musicians, and proto-indo-european speech. John was successful if receiving an ACE grant for one week’s rehearsals, dramaturgy, and a rehearsed reading at Forest Forge Theatre in March 2018. I’ll be working with John on his script and reporting after the show.

Director, Sean Aita, writes: ‘I think it is the best piece of new writing I have read in a long time…It is incredibly powerful, moving, intelligent, innovative and linguistically rich.’

John was writer-in-residence for Bristol’s “Doors Open Day – Hidden City” via Part Exchange.  Salisbury Fringe produced “Images” (from the last Emerging Writers meeting) at The Cloisters.

That’s all for tonight, more bloggery coming soon…

Happy New Writing 2018

I trust you’ve all survived the festive season with aplomb and are eager to get back into writing again.  WRITE ON for artists with disabilities is continuing at Salisbury Arts Centre and new Masterclasses are coming up in the Spring. Without further adodah here are the dates for 2018. Feel free to ask questions and email me to sign up. You’ll see that some groups are now focusing on close script analysis – these groups are kept small and you need to be prepared to bring your script, or scenes, with you to read and revise in the group.

She Writes Fridays:  10:00 – 12:30 (for close script analysis)

19 January

2 February

23 February

16 March

Cost £75/£65 concs

SHE WRITES Saturdays. 10:30 – 1:00

13 Jan

3 Feb

3 March

24 March

Cost: £75/£65 concs

RED HOTS SATURDAYS:  14:00 – 16:30 (for experienced writers)

13 Jan

10 Feb

10 March

24 March

Cost: £75/£65 concs

LinkUp Arts for artists with disabilities, and their carers.

Tuesdays 10:30 – 12:30   All levels of experience welcome

16 January – 27 March weekly

Subsidised by LinkUp Arts  £5/£3 per session

Scriptwriters Doo Dah, Writing for Stage @ Salisbury Arts Centre

Wednesdays 19:00 – 21:00   All levels of experience welcome

10 Jan – 21 March   (Attend Performance on 14 Feb)

Cost: £94 includes ticket for performance on 14 Feb

Masterclasses

Writing Dramatic Monologues

3 x Saturdays: tbc

Revising and Editing

Preparing your script for submission to theatres, agents, competitions.

 

 

Playwriting Courses starting September

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Writing for Stage – Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah 

7-9 Weds  starts 21 September

Kickstart your writing with these practical writing workshops. Learn the secrets of writing dialogue, creating characters and making a drama out of a crisis.  £89 for 10 sessions.

Book online www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk or phone 01722 321744

                   ‘Fast, furious and fun’  Linda Morse

SHE WRITES has gone from strength to strength and welcomes new writers. All levels of experience welcome.

Fridays: 10 – 12.30 (7 per term) £125 (£105 concs)

Saturdays: 10 – 12.30 (4 per term) £105/95

Book online www.salisburyplayhouse.com or phone 01722 320333

Emerging Playwrights Group for experienced writers

Saturdays monthly 2 – 4.30

Sessions are structured around the individual needs of the writers and include:

Ø  Reading and analysing each other’s scripts

Ø  Examining contemporary playtexts

Ø  Writing exercises

Ø  Revising and editing skills

Ø  Networking and submission information

Book online www.salisburyplayhouse.com or phone 01722 320333

Topics may include: Differentiating Voices/Unheard Voices; Writing Leading Parts for Women, Exploring Structures, Stage Directions, Subtext, Theatricality, Comedy, Working with Actors.

Course leader: Angela Street holds an MA in Scriptwriting and is an experienced workshop leader with 25 years of experience working with scripts and writers throughout the South West.  

‘Astonishing, exciting, liberating’  Dawn Gorman, Poet

Coming up…save the dates

Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah @ Salisbury Arts Centre starts Weds 21 September, 7-9pm, in the Media Room. 10 week course covering all the basics of writing for theatre. New writers welcome – be prepared to play and take risks…

Sir Midnight Blues @Salisbury Arts Centre Dr Sketchy 27 July 2016. Photo by Simon Morris.

Sir Midnight Blues @Salisbury Arts Centre
Dr Sketchy 27 July 2016. Photo by Simon Morris.

EMERGING WRITERS (Community Space, Salisbury Playhouse

Saturdays  (in blocks of 4) 2pm – 4.30pm

24 Sep,  29 Oct,  26 Nov, 10 Dec

14 January,  11 February,  11 March,  8 April

22 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July

SHE WRITES (Hawkings Lounge, Salisbury Playhouse) 10am – 12.30pm

Fridays (blocks of seven)

23, 30 Sep, 14, 28 Oct, 11, 25 Nov, 9, Dec

13, 27 Jan, 10, 24 Feb, 10, 24 March, 7 April,

21 April,  5, 19 May  2, 16, 30 June, 7 July

Saturdays (blocks of four)

24 Sep, 29 Oct,  26 Nov,  10 Dec

14 Jan, 11 Feb, 11 March, 8 April

22 Apr,  6 May, 3 June,  1 July

More details coming soon – let me know if you’re interested so that I can keep track of numbers.

Writing Comedy Monologues @ Basingstoke

FOR STAGE AND RADIO

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A SIX-WEEK COURSE for writers to:

Look at examples of Monologues written for stage and radio
Create unbelievable characters and invent impossible situations
Practise techniques using inspirational writing exercises
Play with language, visuals and sounds
Work on your own scripts with a view to completing a short monologue

Friendly, playful, informal sessions, suitable for beginners or writers wanting to expand their repertoire. All comers welcome.

Wednesdays from 15 July to 19 August 2015
Time: 2pm – 4.15
Cost: £85 for six weeks.
Book your place in person or by phone @ Basingstoke Discovery Centre, Festival Place Shopping Centre, Basingstoke RG21 7LS
0300 555 1387

Multi-Cultural Voices with Paula B Stanic

A rare opportunity to work with Soho Theatre playwright, Paula B Stanic.  This is a specially arranged workshop course exploring the writing of authentic-sounding voices from cultures other than your own.

Saturdays: 11/18/25 Apr & 2 May 2.00-4.00pm •

Full price: £40 • Bursary price available to Salisbury residents: £12

The workshops will help you to develop new work and will lead to a showcase event at the inaugural Fisherton Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 4 May, which you are requested to attend and read your script.

Limited spaces available so please SIGN UP NOW!

Simon Morris: simon@salisburyarts.co.uk

or Angela Street: angelastreet@tiscali.co.uk

Salisbury Fringe Success!

Full house at The Pheasant

Full house at The Pheasant

Joe Rose and Nicholas Lumley in ROOF by Sam Robinson

Joe Rose and Nicholas Lumley in ROOF by Sam Robinson

Fringe - Sat Eve

Joe Bossano and Roxy Dunn in CUTS by David Marrs

As you’ll see, I’m useless at uploading pix and arranging on a page… but you’ll get the general idea… There’s about 50 pix on the Facebook page of Salisbury Arts Centre Scriptwriters.

All pix by our friendly photographer, Tim Kidner