ARCHIVE- Redrafting workshops blogs and support

Over the years we’ve commissioned some brilliant writers to create workshops on redrafting.


Livestream workshops

Nicola McCartney joined us at the Royal Exchange Theatre in April 2022. Nicola is a playwright, director and dramaturg.

This workshop will focus on Redrafting: what it means at each stage, the barriers to it, and how to focus, re-structure and discover the little nuggets of gold within your first draft, and how to sift for those. We look at the relationship between form and content and also the barriers a playwright can encounter to redrafting and suggest ways of dealing with them.

For this workshop: Nicola has provided the following resource to support your redrafting

basic conflict scene diagram (1)

redrafting grid NMcC (1)




Anna Jordan joined us live on 19 May for our fifth and final writers workshop of 2015.

Watch winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Anna Jordan, looking at the work of re-drafting your script. Anna looks at techniques to help you prepare your script and challenge you to interrogate what makes something theatrical. She explores the Prize strapline “Create Your Own Stage” in terms of creating a text for performance and will look at the journey of her award-winning play YEN from winning the Prize to the critically acclaimed production at the Royal Exchange Theatre.



An agent and dramaturg, Mel develops and works collaboratively with some of the world’s most respected playwrights. In her workshop from 24th May 2017 she will address re-drafting, taking notes, how to respond to notes and implement them, the collaborative nature of playwriting and how to really push the theatricality of your work while remaining true and ambitious to your intentions.

Mel has set a task for the live-writers in the room and viewers at home. Prior to the workshop she would like you all to write a scene:



Between 2-4 minutes running time.

It should be set outside.

It should be any time between midnight and 2am anywhere in the world.

There should be 2-3 characters

Something must change between what we see at the beginning and what we see at the end.




Written blogs and tips


Redrafting- by Royal Exchange Dramaturg Suzanne Bell

REPOST- WEEK TEN- Redrafting and Submitting with Frances Poet

REPOST: WEEK NINE- Thinking Theatrically with Lizzie Nunnery

REPOST: Katherine Soper- Interrogate your choices

Published on:
20 May 2022


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