Online Workshop with Simon Stephens

On Tuesday 17 March 2015: 6.00pm – 8.00pm, the Bruntwood Prize hosted a live online workshop with award-winning playwright Simon Stephens on the subject ‘Dramatic Action’. Watch it below now! You can also watch the Bryony Lavery Workshop on CREATING CHARACTER & GETTING STARTED and Phil Porter’ Workshop on THEATRICAL IMAGERY.

Simon Stephens’ workshop explored how to create a sense of urgency and momentum in your writing, intense interaction between your characters and to give your audience a theatrical journey and unique experience.  Through exercises and discussion, this workshop explored techniques to make your work come to life. Read the audience comments.

Read a transcript of the Simon Stephens workshop here

To make the most of this online workshop, please have a look at this supporting Handout.

These workshops are to inspire, provoke, challenge and support playwrights to create new work to submit for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, the Royal Exchange Theatre will host a series of unique practical workshops with some of the country’s leading new writing practitioners.

Simon Stephens was Chair of the Judges for the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and is a multi-award-winning playwright.  His plays include Birdland, Wastwater, Motortown, Country Music, Herons, and Bluebird (Royal Court); Blindsided (Manchester Royal Exchange); Seawall (National Theatre/Paines Plough); Three Kingdoms (Lyric/No99 Theatre, Estonia/Munich Playhouse, Germany); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (Lyric Hammersmith); Marine Parade (with Mark Eitzel, Brighton Festival); The Trial of Ubu (Hampstead/Toneelgroep, Amsterdam); Morning, T5 and Heaven (Traverse); Punk Rock (Lyric and Manchester Royal Exchange); Sea Wall (Bush/ Traverse); Harper Regan (National); Pornography (Tricycle/Traverse/Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover); On the Shore of the Wide World (National/Manchester Royal Exchange – Olivier Award for Best New Play); Port (National Theatre/Manchester Royal Exchange). Adaptations include The Cherry Orchard, A Doll’s House and I Am the Wind (Young Vic). Radio includes Digging and Five Letters Home to Elizabeth. TV includes Carmen Disruption (Deutsche Scauspielhaus, Hamburg); Cargese (Sky Arts); Dive (with Dominic Savage) and Pornography. Simon is an Associate Artist of the Lyric Hammersmith.

10 Feb 2017

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  1. SO excited for this. He is the voice of a generation, and I’m ready to soak up each word.

    by Diane
    5:28 pm, 1 Mar 2015
  2. what a hero

    by alice
    5:38 pm, 10 Mar 2015
  3. cant wait

    by alice
    5:39 pm, 10 Mar 2015
  4. that’s a 5am start where I am but I’ll be there! (albeit in bed)

    by Brooke
    5:59 am, 14 Mar 2015
    1. Hi
      See you there! We are excited! And don’t forget to join in on twitter @bruntwoodprize
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      by Suzanne Bell
      10:59 am, 16 Mar 2015
  5. Can anybody tell me – will this video be available online at a later date in case I sleep through my alarm? Thank you

    by Brooke
    6:03 am, 14 Mar 2015
    1. Hi,
      Thank you for your enquiry. As with the previous workshops, a video of the workshop will be available to download on the website approximately a week after broadcast. Nothing quite like the live experience though! Hope you can join us!
      Best wishes
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      by Suzanne Bell
      10:58 am, 16 Mar 2015
  6. Can’t wait to do this, his plays are mesmerizing.

    by AC
    9:02 am, 14 Mar 2015
    1. Hi
      We are excited as well! Looking forward to tomorrow! And don’t forget to join in over twitter @bruntwoodprize
      See you there!
      Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

      by Suzanne Bell
      10:59 am, 16 Mar 2015
  7. Looks good!

    Will the workshop be available for viewing afterwards?

    by Ed
    5:13 pm, 15 Mar 2015
    1. Hi

      A video of the workshop will be available to watch on-line approximately a week after the workshop – nothing quite like the live experience though!

      Hope you can join us and join in the conversation on twitter @bruntwoodprize

      See you there!

      Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

      by Suzanne Bell
      11:08 am, 16 Mar 2015
  8. I wasn’t able to watch the live workshop but I have just watched the recording of it now. It is absolutely awesome. Some of the insights have been astounding. Many thanks. (P.S. I promise I am not Simon’s mum!)

    by Aleksandra
    11:10 pm, 1 Apr 2015
    1. Hi

      Really glad you enjoyed it and found it useful!

      The next live-streamed workshop will be on 28th April so keep checking back!

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      by Suzanne Bell
      8:38 am, 2 Apr 2015