Introduction to Playwriting (8 weeks)
Do you have an idea which you want to turn into a play? This course generates material from which we can carve a story to be staged, and delves into eight topic areas that writers can explore. Playing with different approaches to writing for performance, this course looks at how a question or experience we are passionate about can become a character's or collective’s quest.
We will be touching on a wide range of approaches to playwriting, in response to what participants are or want to work on:
* Why you want to write this story: from Question to Quest
* Writing with staging in mind: writing in three dimensions
* Arousing the curiosity of an audience: writing to intrigue; secrets and lies
* Ambiguity and questions in playwriting: playing with poetry
* Writing dialogue and character voice: what drives us; the ticking clock
* Writing the universal from specifics: detail in drama, spoken image
* Writing a solo show: the monologue/ dialogue in solo performance
* Writing for devised theatre: collective creation, writing from improvisation
Participants will have the opportunity to have their work shared, and to bring re-writes for direction, as well as exploring different approaches to generating material that is specifically written to enable live performance.
About the tutor: Skye Loneragan is currently Wigtown Book Festival Writer-in-Residence. Her work has included six solo shows, the first of which won an Edinburgh Fringe First award, toured internationally, and was adapted for ABC Radio National. Her plays include the commission Mish Gorecki Goes Missing (as Playwright-in-Residence for Visible Fictions Theatre Co, produced by The Tron Theatre, Glasgow), which was shortlisted for three UK awards. She directs her own writing and was an Arches Theatre Young Director Awards recipient. Her work in poetry and spoken word includes the public engagement project, Q-POETICS (poetry in queues) and the ongoing performance installation, Making a Map of My Mistakes (New Victoria Hospital). Originally trained as an actor, before undertaking a Masters of Drama at RSAMD (directed by Zinnie Harris), her work has been supported by The Scottish Book Trust, Arts Trust Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Cultural Programme. She has worked extensively as an artist-in-residence in various contexts. Recently, with the support of Creative Scotland, she directed two large-scale, site-specific pieces as Artistic Director of Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, Glasgow, and is currently working on This Impossible Rim, a spoken word/ performance piece.