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We will use this page to share provocations, tips, tutorials and advice all with the aim of helping you shape and develop your writing practice. Each resource approaches things from their writers own perspective – so take from each one what you like!

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WEEK NINE- Thinking Theatrically with Lizzie Nunnery

It can be useful to translate the word theatricality as stage-worthiness. A piece of dramatic writing is stage-worthy if it embraces the possibilities of the…


REPOST- Duncan Macmillan’s Scenic Checklist

Duncan won two Bruntwood Awards (2005) for his play MONSTER (Royal Exchange). Other plays include LUNGS (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres and Studio Theatre Washington DC), REISE…


WEEK EIGHT – Theatrical imagery and metaphor with Zodwa Nyoni

  Theatrical imagery and metaphors explore and add vibrancy to storytelling. They heighten an audience’s engagement and deepen the ideas conveyed in the play. Imagery…


REPOST: Making History- David Edgar

Tony Blair is reputed to have said that the problem with history is that it’s all in the past. This was the view of the…


WEEK SEVEN- Form, Content and Structure: It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it-by James Fritz

Hello and welcome to Week Seven! This week we’re going to get under the hood of your idea and have a rummage around. By the…


Jo Clifford- archive workshop on Imagery, Metaphor and Meaning

  In our second 2019 workshop playwright Jo Clifford discusses Imagery, Metaphor and Meaning and the role of theatre in engendering empathy. Jo Clifford  Jo…


REPOST- On Structure

There is no right way or wrong way to structure your writing and no plan you have to follow. The chair of our judges in 2008,…


WEEK SIX – Tim Foley- What is a Theatrical Story?

I love stories. I gobble them up. One might be a massive blockbuster at the cinema, another a bit of gossip on the bus coming…