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Writing for the stage

Writing for the stage

Would you love to give playwriting a go, but don’t know where to begin? Perhaps you're just longing to try something new during lockdown?  Martin Travers’ online classes are for you!

Join us on Zoom as we discover how to write for the stage. Over eight informal and entertaining sessions we will:

  • look at the writing techniques employed in key scenes from modern plays
  • examine how characters interact with one another and how the relationships between them are built
  • introduce you to the skills required to write short monologues and dialogues
  • give you the playwriting skills you need to develop a new dramatic or funny scene

Suitable for complete beginners, these classes are a great introduction to playwriting. Martin will provide invaluable feedback and one-to-one support as you work towards creating your own scene. Then at the final session, your piece of new writing will be performed by professional actors.

About Martin Travers

Martin is part of our Learning Team and several of his plays have been produced by the Citizens Theatre. This includes his award-winning modern-day parable Scarfed for Life, which has been performed in schools and prisons across Scotland and his adaptation of Theresa Breslin’s Divided City. Most recently, his critically acclaimed punk play Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles? was performed by the Citizens Theatre’s WAC Ensemble, Scotland’s first care experienced theatre company.

His other work for the stage includes McLuckie’s Line, The Kids are Alt Right, A Daurk Maiter and Oor Carol and the Seagulls. Martin is currently mentoring an emerging playwright for Playwrights Studio (Scotland).

What will I need?

To access the sessions all you need is a smartphone, tablet or laptop and an application called Zoom which you can download for free. Don’t worry if you’ve not used Zoom before, we have a step-by-step guide.

You will also need a pen and paper handy for each session to take down notes

Booking info

Advance booking is required. Your booking will require an email address. We will use that email address to get in touch with instructions on how to access the weekly sessions. Please email any questions to us at marketing@citz.co.uk

    16 March12pm
    23 March12pm
    30 March12pm
    6 April12pm
    13 April12pm
    20 April12pm
    27 April12pm
    4 May12pm
Running Time: 90 minutes

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