Online: Techniques of Adaptation for the Stage and Screen with Alice Coghlan
Starts: Wed 25 Nov 2020
Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Duration: 3 weeks
Course Level: Emerging
All remote Irish Writers Centre courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
Back by popular demand! This lively course empowers writers like you to change the genre of their work and the work of others to that of the stage and screen. Cue theatre and movie magic! Basing her teaching on her learning as a Script Reader the Abbey Theatre Literary Department for 12 years, Alice will talk you through the process of selecting material to adapt, dramatic theory and applying that theory through short weekly writing exercises. Topics include theatricality, telling your story, restructuring your story and creating theatrical characters your audience care about.
Writers will be expected to submit up to two pages of their work after Weeks 1 and 2 of the course. This will be workshopped during the classes.
Alice Coghlan is a theatre director, playwright, play adaptor, designer and is Artistic Director of Wonderland Productions. She is also a qualified Drama Teacher. From 2006-18 she was a Literary Reader for The Abbey Theatre where she read and advised on some one thousand new plays. As an adaptor and director, career highlights include hit productions of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray for Afternoon Tea Theatre, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles for Gothic Dinner Theatre and James Joyce's Dubliners as an epic audio walk of Dublin. She has also translated classic operas and plays into English from Italian and French. Her current play is a new commission, a Jonathan Swift audio walk for this year's festival, which uses a collage of the words of Swift and his contemporaries to bring Swift, his life and times and his works alive in situ on headphones. Alice holds a First Class Honours BA in Drama and English from Trinity College and a MA in Directing.