Category Archives: Workshops

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

Nutshells and Scratch

In the interest of nutshells, and because I’m going on holiday next week (yippee) here’s the autumn from a squirrel’s perspective:

Emerging Writers, She Writes and Lymington Playwrights –  writers invited to have their first scene performed in a Scratch Night at Salisbury Playhouse on 4 November.

The Lymington group is embryonic T SP 065_edited-1and welcomes new and aspiring playwrights. Its links with Salisbury Playhouse mean that participants are invited to take part in Playhouse events along with She Writes and the Emerging group.

In response to the success of She Writes on Wednesday mornings, new this term is an Evening She Writes session on Thursdays from 7pm.

Follow links for more info on any of the above or email me angelastreet@tiscali.co.uk

The Best of Times

I’ve had a choatic couple of weeks (in a good way) with loads happening on the writing scene: the Emerging Doo Dah Writers had their first meeting in Salisbury Playhouse on Saturday afternoon thanks to an invite from Mark Powell.  I was beside myself.  It’s so good to have a place to meet and I’m looking forward to meeting Gareth Machin, the new AD. Exciting times.

If there are any playwrights in Salisbury and surrounding areas reading this who’d like to join the group, just drop me an email with a brief biog including where you are at with your writing. The Emerging Group is for writers with playwriting experience – I do run workshops for beginners too and most of the Emerging Group have come through the workshops over the last two years.

Talking of workshops, we had a visit from Sarah Dickenson, senior reader at the Soho, who led a challenging workshop last week and made us all write stuff. Imagine.

Meanwhile, I’m delighted to report that Doo Dah David Haworth’s play I Heard An Angel Singing has been selected for a reading at Theatre 503 on 7th November – a great opportunity to have his work read by professional actors in London.

More Doo Dah successes:

  • Alison Barclay’s monologue ‘Dressing Up‘ was performed in Salisbury as part of Bootleg Theatre’s 15 Minutes of Fame tour.
  • Gina Gough’s ‘A Bump in the Night‘ has been selected by Core Theatre for a performance in Malloys, Bath on Sunday 30th October.

Jon Nash, Lulu Stevens, Simon Thomson

Great weekend with Jon, Lulu and Simon coming in Saturday and Sunday to read extracts from eight works in progress and give writers feedback.   Enchanting scripts featuring pornography, crystal balls, sex, sex, death and more sex,  punctuated by terrific lol moments that stopped play. Where do they get their ideas, these writers.