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.
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.