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Playwriting Workshop with Tina Jay

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Chesterfield Library

New Beetwell Street

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Part of the writing ambitions workshop programme presented by Derbyshire Arts Service

Join award winning playwright Tina Jay for a one day workshop aimed at developing a range of dramatic writing techniques for creating your own short or full length play.

Areas of development to include-

Connecting with the contemporary, creating strong engaging characters, the importance of realistic dialogue, and the central need for conflict.

Selecting the idea/outline - what works, what doesn‘t and why? Looking at ways of developing an original idea within everyday situations/locations, and how to create a synopsis. Whether set in the present or past, how to ensure your play connects with the contemporary world to make it relevant, engaging and marketable.

Character and plot - the importance of the characters in driving the storyline and how to effectively create a ‘three-dimensional relationship’ with the audience, studying the art of originality and avoiding the stereo-typical.

Conflict is Drama – looking at how to create effective conflict between the characters, and their placement within the storyline/plot. The importance of pace and the need for voice variation/pattern/tone to aid dramatic tension.

Refining the outline/structure – as the characters begin to come to life, looking at the importance of the synopsis/scenario, but being open to change as the play develops.

Creating realistic dialogue - learning the art of ‘natural’ dialogue, and how less can often be more, letting the audience ‘fill in’ the gaps. Also considering when dialogue is not needed and effective information can be conveyed through body language/pause/silence etc.

Beyond the moment – how to help the play ‘stay’ with the audience after the reading/performance. What makes a play ‘long-lasting’ and remain ‘alive’ across different time frames.

Summing up the play in a line – is the play following the original line of intention, and fulfilling its objective? Looking at the problems of ‘over-writing’, and the need to ‘show’ not ‘tell’.

Redrafting –, seeing the play as a ‘living’ piece of work, and appreciating the role of the director/actors as part of this process. Learning when a writer may need to cut lines to create a stronger tighter effect and enhance character development.

Openings for new playwrights – looking at short play competitions, and theatres specialising in new work, including how to submit your work and the required layouts.

Further development and moving forward – looking at how the play may be extended from a short play into a full-length play, and any new ideas for future plays inspired during the course.

Tina Jay is an award-winning playwright, having won both the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing for her play ‘Walking’ and the International Student Playscript Competition, judged by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, for ‘Rotten Apples’.

She has had numerous plays performed in London, at venues including Tristan Bates, The Park Theatre, The Lost Theatre, Barons Court, Rich Mix, Greenwich Theatre, The Canvas Café and St. James’ Theatre, as well as at The Royal Exchange, and Contact Theatre in Manchester. Her most recent play HELD was performed in 2017 for a two week run at Tristan Bates Theatre in the West End, starring Jack Brett Anderson (Wolfblood, Don't Hang Up, King Edward II at Rose Theatre), Duran Fulton Brown (Jason Bourne, Jekyll & Hyde, The Accident at The Lyric) and Anthony Taylor (Romeo and Juliet at The National, Sweet Bird of Youth at The Old Vic, Kick Ass 2).

Tina was shortlisted for the BBC Writersroom 10, leading to her being selected for the Holby City Shadow Scheme. She is currently working on a number of new play projects and developing a TV series.

Tina previously ran her own Drama School for over ten years, and has taught creative writing in a variety of disciplines. She has an MA in TV Scriptwriting (with Distinction), for which she also obtained two additional prize awards for Best Student and Best Project.

Booking essential, book early to avoid disappointment.

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided, you are welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in the workshop room or visit our cafe, Cafe Brower http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/heart_of_derbyshire/profile/default.asp?sid=3717 or alternatively one of the many cafes or restaurants in Chesterfield. We would prefer it if you do not bring hot food into the building from outside establishments.

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