Arvon: Residential Creative Writing Course

Writing for Forum Theatre: Staging stories of oppression

How can we as playwrights challenge the centres of power? What will most successfully provoke an audience to action? During this intensive five-day residential course, you will investigate the delicate particularities of writing for Forum Theatre, the most political of theatrical forms.

Through a range of writing exercises, workshops and games, you will learn how to structure an engaging and provocative Forum Theatre piece that is authentic and invites maximum participation from its target audience.  The course will cover many alternative ways of creating Forum Theatre – whether co-creating with the community through devising, or writing from research. The course will also touch on Boal’s ‘action-into-law’ process which he called Legislative Theatre.

Tutored by playwright and activist Sarah Woods and leading expert in Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed Adrian Jackson, this course offers a chance to develop your playwriting as a socially-engaged practice that can move audiences to fight for change.

Cost: £500

How to apply:

To apply, please send a 500-word statement describing how participation would benefit your own writing and/or the community or professional context in which you work or would like to work.

Please email your statement to learning@arvon.org by 5pm on Tuesday 21st January; we will confirm places in the week of 27th January.

Deadline: 21 January 2020

Source: Playwriting_UK

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