Booked Out: Online: Focus Your Form: Play Time with Rosemary Jenkinson
Dates: Tues 24 Nov 2020
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 3 Weeks
Course Level: Beginner and Emerging
All remote Irish Writers Centre courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
Ever wanted to write for the stage? During this three-week course, participants will find out how to create entertaining, eye-catching plays and monologues that no director will want to turn down. Attendees will be challenged to come up with fresh, cutting-edge ideas as they learn how to craft high-impact dialogue and how to navigate the competitive world of contemporary theatre. Expect insights on interacting with dramaturgs, actors and directors, advice on where to send your script and practical scriptwriting tips/exercises.
Week One – introduction to the world of theatre and how to write a short play
Week Two – how to craft a monologue and how to come up with ideas that theatre companies will love
Week Three – how to write a full-length play and where to send your script
Participants will be expected to produce at least one short piece of work during each session.
Course Outcomes: Participants will gain an insight into what it takes to become a working, in-demand playwright. They will come away with more confidence in their own writing and a bigger understanding of where their strengths and interests lie. They will be inspired and motivated to either write a new play or to work on an existing play.
Rosemary Jenkinson is an acclaimed and prolific playwright whose plays include: The Bonefire (winner of the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Award), Johnny Meister and the Stitch, Planet Belfast, Here Comes the Night, Michelle and Arlene, Lives in Translation and May the Road Rise Up. She was writer-in-residence at the Lyric Theatre in 2017 and writer-on-attachment at the National Theatre Studio in London in 2010. Her plays have toured to London, Edinburgh, Brussels, New York, Washington DC, Brussels and Australia.
Peter Marks, The Washington Post, said of Johnny Meister and the Stitch: ‘This playwright demonstrates an entertaining predilection for the callously profane and brutal.’