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25 May 2012 to 02 June 2012

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A series of FREE masterclasses with leading playwrights and practitioners to hone your skills and inspire your thoughts. These are free but places are limited so book now to ensure your place.

Friday 25 May 5pm to 6.30pm Leandra Ashton Devising
Monday 28 May 5pm to 6.30pm Natalie Wilson Writing for Young People
Wednesday 30 May 2pm to 5pm Fin Kennedy Beyond Naturalism
Saturday 2 June 11am to 1pm Richard Cameron From Strangers on a Train







Natalie Wilson: Writing for Young People

Theatre Centre has been bringing the art of play-making to children and young people across England since 1953. In 2012, we continue as one of the leading new writing companies for young audiences, creating performances at the cutting edge of the theatre industry.  The company is renowned for its collaborative practice between writers and young people in making Theatre Centre's critically acclaimed work which stretches the imagination, critical thinking and skills of children and young people wherever they live.

Skylines is Theatre Centre's development programme for professional playwrights who are interested in writing for young audiences and aims to build understanding and skills amongst all writers. 

The workshop will be led by Natalie Wilson, Artistic Director of Theatre Centre.

Fin Kennedy: Beyond Naturalism

Lecture and writing workshop with playwright Fin Kennedy, author of the award-winning play How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found.  Fin's most well-known play is a nightmarish netherworld of skewed timelines and characters waking up dead, which eschews many of the traditional rules of logic and linear narrative.  As a result it languished for some time in UK theatres' in-trays before being plucked from obscurity by the 2006 John Whiting Award.  It has subsequently been produced in Sheffield, London, Australia, New Zealand and America, and is among Nick Hern Books' most licensed plays for amateur performance.

In this 3-hour workshop Fin explains the process behind this and some of his other non-naturalistic plays, and looks at the risks and rewards of re-writing the physical rules of time and space.  Participants should come prepared with at least one storyline idea which they would like to explore from a new, potentially non-naturalistic, angle.

Richard Cameron: From Strangers on a Train

The writer's journey with character and story from first encounter to final draft.

Richard writes for theatre, television and radio, and won the inaugural Dennis Potter Award in 1997 for his television play Stone, Scissors, Paper, and the Mental Health in Media Award for his radio play, The Kon Tiki 2 Expedition.

Richard has written a number of critically acclaimed stage plays, including Can't Stand Up For Falling Down, which won a Fringe First and The Independent Theatre Award, and The Glee Club for The Bush Theatre, which transferred to the West End before a national tour and was adapted as a radio play for Radio 4. He has also won The Sunday Times Playwriting Award three times and was the Thames Television Writer in Residence at The West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Most of Richard's work is set in South Yorkshire, where he lives, but now and again he ventures out. Great Balls of Fire, the story of Jerry Lee Lewis, was produced for Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and transferred to the West End. He has also written an episode of Midsomer Murders and in 2011 Richard adapted Silas Marner for the Radio 4 classic serial.






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