Playwriting From Research Workshop (David Lane) 22nd June

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Barbican Theatre

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Playwriting from Research: Finding Theatrical Stories

1-4pm, 22nd June 2019, Barbican Theatre (Plymouth)

  • What might practical playwriting research look like?
  • When do you know if you have to research?
  • Where can you access the research you’re after?
  • How do you translate your findings into strong dramatic and theatrical choices?

This three-hour workshop with playwright and dramaturg David Lane will explore techniques for getting under the skin of your ideas, equipping you with practical approaches for thinking about research, and translating it into dynamic choices for your play. The session will be a combination of discussion, short exercises, and some illustrated documentation from research-led playwriting processes, ranging from international to rural contexts. This is a session to suit writers with some previous experience of writing for performance, and those currently using or interested in applying research to their plays.

David has been making and developing new work since 2002, most recently with award-nominated Off The Grid (Half Moon) and Hefted (Beaford Arts / multi story) in 2018. This year he is under commission from Shooting Fish Theatre Company (Lincoln) and supported by ACE to adapt Hefted for online and site-based digital audio. In 2015 he was Writer on Attachment at Bristol Old Vic and in 2017 his new site-specific play for teenagers Invincible was produced after a two-year research project between Kilter Theatre and the EU-wide Synthetic Biology Research Programme at Bristol University, where he was also a playwriting fellow from Oct 2016 – March 2017 writing work inspired by the Theatre Archive. He has worked as dramaturg with award-winning devising companies including Fine Chisel, Dirty Market, multistory, Theatre Rush and as Artistic Associate on The Engine House: a two-year interdisciplinary theatre project bringing together writers, historians, technologists, architects and others to develop site-specific work in Bristol. He has initiated and contributed to writer development programmes at Soho Theatre, New Writing South, Ustinov Bath, Hull Truck, Tobacco Factory Theatres and the Bristol Old Vic. He is the author of Contemporary British Drama(Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and a series contributor to the Modern British Playwriting series (Methuen).

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