REPOST WEEK TWO- CHARACTER By Kendall Feaver
During this public health emergency, the safety and wellbeing of our staff, artists, audiences and families comes first. We are exploring ways in which we…
During this public health emergency, the safety and wellbeing of our staff, artists, audiences and families comes first.
We have been exploring ways in which we can all remain connected and optimistic. The Bruntwood Prize has always been about much more than the winners. It is about opening up playwriting to anyone and everyone, to support anyone interested in playwriting to explore the unique power of creative expression. Therefore we want to make this website a resource now for anyone and everyone to explore theatre and plays and playwriting.
This week, we’re wrapping up the the repost of our playwriting Toolkit. But I’ll still be here to highlight the many different resources archived on this website, as well as sharing the ongoing work of the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Created for the Bruntwood Prize 2019- the whole of the Bruntwood Prize toolkit is up and available for you to use. Whether you are totally new to writing for the stage, or an established playwright we hope that the guidance of the brilliant playwrights who have contributed to the toolkit can support your writing from blank page through to your submission draft.
The Royal Exchange Theatre, is the home of the Bruntwood Prize, along with all the partners of the Prize we share in the excitement that new plays are not only the life blood of the theatre but that the act of writing a play is political. It is a privilege to experience new imaginations flexing their muscles through the form of theatre. A new play can shine a light on the darkest corners of human experience, it can introduce us to new ways of thinking and tell stories that we need to hear. Through the Prize, we encounter genuinely new ideas and have access to new stories and new voices that are quietly revolutionary. And in a world that seems increasingly confusing, fractured and insular, we need the communal experience of theatre and the clamorous voices of playwrights now more than ever.
The Prize celebrates and nurtures the craft of playwriting and we are delighted that so many people who submit their work go on to forge relationships through the Prize, benefit from a range of opportunities supported by the Prize and be great advocates for what the Prize can do. So we commissioned 9 of the country’s most exciting playwrights, many of whom have either been shortlisted or won a Bruntwood Prize to share their experiences with you.We have asked the playwrights to use examples from their own work to try and help you understand the process they have been through and how they have used some of the exercises and suggestions they are sharing to support their own work.
The sessions will cover character, story, dialogue, structure, theatricality and re-drafting. They will also point you in the direction of some of the other amazing content on the website which will support you to undertake exercises, and try out new ways of getting your ideas down and shaping them into something that can come to life on the stage.
Writers write in completely different ways, for very different reasons. There is nothing you SHOULD do when starting or developing a play – there is no RIGHT and WRONG – only what works for you and how you convey your ideas, your ambition, your stories and your theatrical intention for the work.
Maybe you’ve written some poetry, or a short story, or a novella, or some song lyrics, or a film script – or none of the above and are just curious to explore what it might be like to write a script. Writing is a brave act – to commit to getting ideas down on paper, creating characters, taking them on a journey,and having them change the world around them, thinking about imagery and theatricality. We’re here to help with all of that.
The toolkit includes…
Alongside this toolkit we created six brand-new livestreamed workshops for 2019.
Led by internationally recognised playwrights these sessions are completely free to access and will augment a growing archive of workshops created for the Bruntwood Prize. 2019’s sessions include…
Still not sure where to start?
Every writer and every play are different, so there can be no set rules for writing a play. However, we have put together a few tips that may help new writers to get started…