On Tuesday 17 February, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, the Bruntwood Prize hosted a live online worked with award-winning playwright and 2015 Bruntwood Prize winner Phil Porter on the subject ‘Imagery and Theatricality’.
These workshops are to inspire, provoke, challenge and support playwrights to create new work to submit for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
Following the huge success of our debut workshop with Bryony Lavery on GETTING STARTED AND CREATING THEATRICAL CHARACTERS – which was viewed by over 400 people – our second online workshop is with playwright, screenwriter and librettist Phil Porter, who will explore what makes a play theatrical, how to create truly theatrical imagery through your writing and ways to capture and push the audience’s imagination.
To make the most of this online workshop, please read this Handout. The workshop handout includes extracts from the following plays, full versions of which can be purchased on-line by clicking on the following links:
– STEALING SWEETS AND PUNCHING PEOPLE BY PHIL PORTER
– BLOOD WEDDING BY LORCA
– PERICLES BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
– BLINK BY PHIL PORTER
– LUCKY DOG BY LEO BUTLER
You can watch the entirety of the live workshop below… and see the Storify of Twitter interaction here.
Phil’s plays include The Christmas Truce (Royal Shakespeare Company), Blink (Soho Theatre / Nabokov), The Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange), Here Lies Mary Spindler (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Stealing Sweets And Punching People (Theatre 503 and Off-Broadway). He adapted Hungarian playwright Janos Hay’s The Stonewatcher for The National Theatre and edited Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters and Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Pericles for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also written several plays for young people. These include Cinderella and The Flying Machine (Unicorn) and Smashed Eggs (Pentabus, Brian Way award). Collaborations with composer Martin Ward include The Whale Savers (W11 Opera 2009), Doctor Quimpugh (Petersham Playhouse), Skitterbang Island (Polka) and Pinocchio (Royal Opera House / BBC4). Current projects include a new play for Plymouth Theatre Royal and The Christmas Truce, a new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company for Christmas 2014.