As playwrights, we have to pitch in many different ways: from an interview for a writer development programme to a meeting with a producer to a friend asking ‘what are you writing at the moment?’
During the half day session, Kimberley Andrews will share her own experiences of pitching – from being interviewed by a panel of six producers from the BBC Drama Department to pitching her play to fringe venues in London. She’ll work through a range of practical exercises designed to build your confidence and polish up your pitch!
Throughout the workshop, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to pitch your ideas in different ways; you’ll look at the differences in approaches to pitching – from loglines to blurbs to simply having a conversation about your play (as you might with a Literary Manager). Through group feedback, you’ll improve your pitching skills and gain some new insights into your idea.
Why is pitching important?
A good pitch is about more than trying to sell your play; it’s also about making sure you have a solid idea that you are confident is well-developed. And it’s being able to speak about that idea with passion and conviction. It’s also about more than a few catchy sentences, you’ll need to be able to answer the questions, which will inevitably be thrown at you, with ease and clarity.
There’s no doubt about it – pitching is daunting and can push even the most extrovert of writers out of their comfort zone. But it’s also essential if you want to get your work on stage! That’s where this workshop comes in…
Who this workshop is for
As long as you have an idea to pitch, this class is suitable for all levels.
Preparation: you will need to bring in a written half page pitch of your idea. Please note that without this, you’ll find it difficult to participate in some of the exercises.
When and where
Date and time: Saturday 4 June 2016 from 10am-1pm
Venue: The Pleasance Theatre (Rehearsal Rooms), Carpenters Mews, North Road, London, N7 9EF (nearest tube: Caledonian Road)
How to book
Please click the link below to book your place:
Places are reserved on a strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.
About the Workshop Leader
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.