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Popping Up in Bridport

 

 

 

 

Curious about writing for radio?   Not sure how to start?

What is a soundscape?  What does a radio script look like?

Not sure if your writing would work on radio?

At what point do you start the story?

How do you introduce characters?   Why is exposition a problem?

What are the BBC looking for?

Come and experiment with the specific set of writing skills you’ll need to get your work heard. We’ll examine extracts of radio plays, practise writing techniques, and you’ll learn how to create characters, atmosphere and a sense of time and place using significant sound.

10am – 3pm  Monday 15 October

Bridport

Cost: £55 (£45 concs)

Workshops are smoke/vape and mobile free zones. There will be scheduled breaks.

For more info: carodorset@gmail.com

Booking essential to secure your place.

Payment by BACS or cheque (non-refundable)

To book and payment details: astreetwriter@yahoo.com

Angie trained in writing for radio with Paul Ashton (BBC Writersroom), was mentored by Tina Peplar, writer for Radio 4, and attended writing monologues for radio with Paul Dodgson, Writer and Sound Engineer (Radio 4). She also spent two years as a member of Radio 4 Writer, Nell Leyshon’s writing group.  The BBC Writersroom has asked to see her next play for radio which she is currently writing.  Angie is a professional member of NAWE (National Association for Writers in Education) and has taught on the Open University Scriptwriting module.  She holds an MA in Scriptwriting and has taught writing for radio throughout the South West. She was recently awarded the Writers’ Guild Olwen Wymark Award for her work with new writers.

Contact: astreetwriter@yahoo.com

Flyer RADIO Bridport Pop Up Writing Workshop

Revamping

As some of you will know I’ve been revamping myself, the courses and Pop Ups to include a wider area so that I come to you and you don’t have to travel to Salisbury.  I’ve also started a new THING for Playwriting Salisbury+ called ArtWrite which grew out of my own dalliances with art, art therapy, and drawing. This kicks off at Bath Artists’ Studios on 17 November in tandem with a vibrant exhibition of five female artists, SHE DID THAT.  The writing response is SHE DID THIS TOO.

‘A writer should write with [her] eyes and a painter paint with [her] ears.’ Gertrude Stein

ARTWRITE is a brand new THING bringing art and writing together to CREATE original poetry, prose, monologues or scripts, and everything in between, behind and BEYOND. Be warned: this workshop will involve GAZING at paintings, daydreaming, doodling, and WEIRD writing exercises inspired by the SHE DID THAT exhibition.

The Salisbury workshops continue with a new Writing for Radio course alternating with Writing for Stage on a Wednesday night – both of these will be suitable for beginners or those wanting to update or refresh their skills with aplomb.

She Writes for close script analysis. Bring work in progress.

Fridays 10 – 12.30  Salisbury

21 Sept, 12 Oct, 2 Nov, 23 Nov, 7 Dec  £75 (£65)

She Writes Saturday mornings on request. 10.30-12.30

Red Hots for professional writers (Script analysis of work in progress)

Saturdays 2- 4.30pm  Salisbury

15 Sept, 13 Oct, 10 Nov, 8 Dec  £75 (£65)

Radio Wednesdays  Structured course for writers new to radio

7-9pm Meeting Room, Five Rivers Child Care, School Lane, Salisbury

19 Sept 3, 17, 31 Oct, 14, 28 Nov   £55 (£45)  includes feedback on 6 pages

Stage Wednesdays Structured course for writers new, or fairly new, to stage

7-9pm  Meeting Room, Five Rivers Child Care, School Lane, Salisbury

26 Sept, 10, 24 Oct, 7, 21 Nov, 5 Dec   £55 (£45) includes feedback on 6 pages

Write On  Linkup Arts Writing for All and Everything

Tuesdays, Sarum College, The Close, Salisbury

10.30 – 12.30  £5 (£3 concs)  Subsidised by LinkUp Arts

PopUps

27 September  Honiton Writing for Radio, 6 weeks, Thelma Hulbert Gallery

15 October  Bridport Writing for Radio

3 November  Holt nr Bradford on Avon

9 November  Tedbridge House and Water Gardens

Artwrite

17 November Bath Artists’ Studios SHE DID THIS

Contact me on my sparkling new email address astreetwriter@yahoo.com or see website which I’m updating as I write this so please be patient – it’s challenging my brain in all sorts of ways. Well, that’s the plan for today.

If you’d like a Pop Up Playwriting workshop near you, let me know and we can discuss – you get to choose the topic: Comedy, Roles for Women, Scene Ones, Monologues, Absurdist Theatre, Audience Interaction, Theatricality, Subtext, for example, or a theme: Water, Art, Flight, Nonsense… and the venue.

As always, I’m available for one-to-one consultations, mentoring, dramaturgy, and script reading. Ask me for a quote any time.

Look forward to fun/serious playwriting with you sooner or later.

Angie

 

MA Scriptwriting (distinction)

WGGB Olwen Wymark Award Winner

Accredited Writing Coach (Arvon, RD21st, NAWE)

Playwriting Salisbury+ and ArtWrite

astreetwriter@yahoo.com

www.angelastreetwriter.wordpress.com

 

August 2018

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…

Writers’ Guild Olwen Wymark Theatre Awards


The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) presented its annual awards for the encouragement of new writing at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on Friday 2 February 2018.

The Olwen Wymark Awards, the brainchild of playwright Mark Ravenhill, were set up to give WGGB members the opportunity to publicly thank those who had given them a positive experience in new writing over the previous year.

They are named in honour of playwright Olwen Wymark, passionate supporter of WGGB and former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who died in 2013.

David James, former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who has organised the award since 2005, said: “The award was set up to make a statement of how important encouragement is, and is based on the simple premise of saying ‘thank you’. Now in its 13th year, it is a bright spot on the Writers’ Guild’s annual calendar.”

The winners of the 13th annual awards are:

Angela Street – Writer, Mentor, Workshop Leader, Script Reader, Dramaturg. Accredited Writing Coach (Arvon, RD1st, NAWE) Nominated by WGGB member Pippa Roberts for her support of women in theatre and inspiring Pippa during an Emerging Writers course.

Pippa Roberts said: “Angie inspired me because she felt like a real role model, somebody who has struggled with the sort of difficulties I have and who has been successful.

“She has a passion for theatre and writing, and she taught her workshops with the help of many different texts, so we encountered the things we might not encounter otherwise – many of us did not have the kind of income that would allow us to travel to see a lot of plays.

“Angie has been an inspiration to me – because of her humour and down-to-earth realism.”

Sue Andrews – Executive Director, Northern Broadsides theatre company. Nominated by WGGB member Deborah McAndrew for her support since Deborah’s first production for the company in 2004.

Ghislaine Kenyon – freelance trainer, curator and author in the area of visual arts and education. Nominated by WGGB member Diane Samuels, for her support with her play Waltz With Me.

Nicola McCartney playwright. Nominated by WGGB member Mary Jane Wells for mentoring her for her first play, Heroine: A Female Soldier’s Story.

Jon McKenna – actor. Nominated by WGGB member Anthony Mariani, for his support as a mentor for Anthony’s play The Rooster Rebellion (set on the eve of the Brexit vote), in which Jon had the lead role.

Deirdre McLaughlin – director, dramaturg and actor trainer. Nominated by WGGB member Poppy Corbett for giving her the opportunity to elevate her career to the next level.

 

Emma Manton and Matthew Woodyatt Nominated by WGGB member Jenifer Toksvig, for their support of her writing over many years and recently for her work to support refugee charity UNHCR.

John Retallack – director Nominated by WGGB member Zena Forster for his continued mentorship, and support in developing her first original stage play The Fourth Dog.

the salon:collective and its Artistic Director Dominic Kelly Nominated by WGGB member Mike Elliston for championing him following a long career break from playwriting.

For those who don’t already know, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is a trade union representing writers for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry, animation, comedy and videogames. It negotiates national agreements on pay and conditions with key industry bodies, including BBC, ITV and Pact; the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. It campaigns and lobbies on behalf of writers and offers a range of benefits to its members, including free contract vetting, support and advice; events and discounts; free training; a weekly ebulletin; a pension scheme and welfare fund.

Website: http://www.writersguild.org.uk

Twitter: @TheWritersGuild

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewritersguild

 

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

Let your Writing be Heard!

Here is a brand new Writing for Radio workshop suitable for all levels of writing experience. Come and find out how to think aurally and make the most of your writing skills on the airwaves.

We’ll focus on how to create soundscapes, atmosphere, and locations, as well as creating characters and telling a story using sound, music, silence and speech. You will get a chance to discover and try out techniques to make your radio script stand out and be heard above the cacophony in the BBC Writersroom and on the Internet. A totally aural experience!

Saturday 21st November  10 – 3pm  Salisbury Arts Centre

Tickets £30
Box Office 01722 321744 or book online@ Salisbury Arts Centre
Bring or buy lunch in The Arts Cafe

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