Workshop 5: Scriptwriting, Stables Theatre

Playwright John Knowles will be leading on a day-long workshop exploring the practicalities of writing for the theatre and taking your script, from page to stage.

The workshop will include plenty of hands on exercises and even an opportunity to have work read by two professional actors and is aimed at writers at all stages of their scriptwriting journey.

The day will be split into two key areas:

Morning session: 10.00am-12.45pm Structure, conflict and arcs.

A look at the key elements of three act play structure and the essential beats of a script (with some hints at pitfalls and common errors). The need for conflict and dramatic arcs and finally character development and understanding the stage, audiences and staging decisions.

Sandwich lunch/ soft drinks (included) 12.45pm – 1.45pm

Afternoon session: 1.45 pm – 4.30pm Monologues, development, voice and structure.

Starting with examples of monologues from various playwrights including a passage from John’s play ‘Hitleria Pizzeria Parts I&II’ and work from Dario Fo (read and performed by Patrick Kealey and Rachel McCarron, two well respected and professional local actors). The workshop will explore the challenges of writing monologues, finding your characters voice (mining your character and taking a view). Alongside various workshop activities there will be an opportunity for participants to hear excerpts from their work read by Rachel, Patrick and John (yes, he also acts!).

Participants will, as part of the pre-event sign up, be given a brief for a short monologue, which will be based around famous literary or theatre characters and will be aged-matched to our performers available on the day. This is a voluntary aspect of the day and not a requirement, but should be fun to do.

Patrick Kealey – Actor

Patrick has been acting, directing, writing teaching and producing nationally and internationally for the stage for over 40 years which he finds both amazing and vaguely alarming.

Recent projects – dramaturg on ’17 Border Crossings’ in Bogota, Colombia and Philadelphia, USA. Co-director with Frances Viner of Hallucinating Angels community theatre with whom he has just completed an entry for the Trashed Cannes 5 day film challenge. Next up he will direct ‘Paris Snow’ a new romantic comedy musical written with composer Marc Mir to be presented at the Kino Teatr February 2017 Patrick now runs the newly-established and Hastings-based Theatre Nation.

Rachel McCarron – Actor

Rachel McCarron is an Actress and Singer living in St. Leonard’s on Sea. She has performed in a variety of shows from Shakespeare to West End Musicals and clowning around the countryside on top of a caravan. She recently appeared in Skerryvore at Old Operating Theatre London, The Stables Theatre, and The Barn in June, and at The Brighton Fringe Festival with Printers Playhouse – Coldstream: Critical Threat.

PLUS (included in ticket price for participants in the Scriptwriting Workshop) John will be presenting two of his monologues at the Garage, Mercatoria St Leonards on Sea (through the Horse and Groom public house) on Friday 31st August. At the end of the evening there will also be a Q&A with both actors and the writer.

See: Two Plays by John Knowles for more information

Workshop ticket price £55 (places limited to 12)


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