FREE LIVESTREAM WORKSHOPS: Redrafting with Nicola McCartney

This session has taken place- an unedited video is available at

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)



Nicola McCartney is a playwright, director and dramaturg. She trained as a director with Citizen Theatre/ G&J Productions and Charabanc Theatre Company Belfast. Nicola was Artistic Director of lookout Theatre Company, Glasgow from 1992-2002, and has twice been an Associate Playwright of Playwrights Studio Scotland. She has worked for a host of organisations as a dramaturg including Vanishing Point and Stellar Quines/ Edinburgh International Festival. Her plays include: EASY, HERITAGE, HOME, STANDING WAVE: DELIA DERBYSHIRE IN THE 60S, RACHEL’S HOUSE, CAVE DWELLERS and LIFEBOAT. She is also a social theatre practitioner and has worked with all sorts of groups including people within the criminal justice system in UK and USA, asylum seekers and refugees, drug users, survivors of domestic violence and childhood abuse. Nicola has worked with Traverse’s flagship outreach programme, Class Act, since 1997, taking it to Russia, Ukraine and India. In 2018 she was a recipient of a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Olwen Wymark award for encouraging theatre in the UK. Nicola is currently Reader in Writing for Performance at University of Edinburgh where she leads the Masters programme in Playwriting.

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28 Mar 2022 Watch video


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  1. Hi, I missed this workshop is there anyway I can see it?
    Thank you.

    by Jacqueline Y Staats
    12:55 pm, 11 Jun 2022
    1. Hi Jacqueline

      It’s here:

      by Chloe Smith
      10:32 am, 13 Jun 2022