Sustained Playwriting is a course facilitated by veteran award-winning playwright Hellie Turner for early emerging theatre artists and recent graduates.
Over the duration of the course, writers wrote a strong first scene of a new play and developed a plan for how to proceed towards the completion of a first draft that is suitable for submission to Playwriting Australia.
These outcomes were achieved by:
– Engaging participants working with either text-based or devised works in an array of exercises designed to encourage awareness of script elements, and to build/reinforce script writing skills
– Inviting exposure to, and deep exploration of, world issues and universal themes
– Providing artists with the opportunity for professional dramaturgical feedback
– Facilitating interaction between emerging and senior artists, including the course facilitator, a guest playwright and a dramaturg
– Providing writers with an opportunity to have a scene read by professional actors, for a public audience
The course ran over eight consecutive weeks with the following format:
- 5 x 2.5 hours sessions developing craft for the construction of ‘first scenes’ of a new play
- 1 x 2.5 hour session for a pre-reading of the scenes where writers read each others’ work
- 1 x WAAPA performance in order to see examples of new work from WA playwrights
- 1 x 4 hour session where the scenes are pre-read by professional actors then read for the general public
SUSTAINED PLAYWRITING PUBLIC READING
Part of the Sustained Playwriting course is provided the writers with an opportunity to have a scene read by professional actors for a public audience. The result of this is the Sustained Playwriting Public Reading in which scenes from 11 scripts will be read by professional actors Jo Morris, Nick Maclaine, Phil Miolin and Arielle Gray.
Date: Monday 26 June
Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre, Kaos Room
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Producer Jenna Mathie on jenna[at]blueroom.org.au or 9227 7005.