How do you pack a punch in your opening scene? How much information should you give your audience? And what does it take to hook the reader from the very first page?
When you submit your play to theatres or competitions, the first few pages are everything – the opening scene is your chance to show off your skills and ensure the reader wants to read more! In this 2 hour intensive workshop with playwright, Kimberley Andrews, you will work in a group to discover what makes opening scenes successful and by contrast, what might make the reader give up on the play. You’ll dissect your own opening scene and through group feedback will gain the insight you need to make it a worthy showcase of your play and your writing.
Who is this for? this workshop is suitable for new writers who have either started writing or completed a first draft of a play.
Requirements: no experience is necessary but you will need to bring in a rough draft of your opening scene to work on during the class.
*Places are reserved on a strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.
Date and time: Thursday 3 November 2016 7pm-9pm
Location: RADA Studios (Club Theatre) 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX (nearest tube: Goodge Street).
Kimberley Andrews is a playwright with an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. Her writing credits include commissions from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Wolverhampton University. She has also developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange and All the Rage Theatre. Kimberley has written and produced her own work at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington as part of comedy collective, Wet Lettuce. She was shortlisted for the BBC Drama Writers’ Academy in 2012 and was then selected by BBC to participate in a training academy for day-time soap Doctors, resulting in writing a trial script for the show. Kimberley has worked as a playwriting tutor at RADA and currently works as a freelance script consultant.
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Question; is there any chance that these seminars could be recorded for later broadcast fir students from overseas?
This is a great idea Nancy and certainly something we’ll be looking in to for the future!