The Actors Centre

Beginning Playwriting - The Ten Minute Play

How many times have you seen a play and thought “Actually, I could write better dialogue than this” or “I have a great idea for a play, I just don’t know where to begin”? If there is a playwright inside of you itching to get out, then this is the course for you. Actors often make the best playwrights because they are natural storytellers, have a great ear for believable dialogue, and the imagination to create a world on stage. This one day course will guide actors into writing their first piece ready for the short play circuit where there are lots of opportunities for emerging playwrights. Participants will develop their own short play whilst learning the basics of playwriting through exercises and discussing the work of established playwrights. The course will focus on the structure of storytelling, writing dialogue, character development and dynamics . Writer/Actors will be able to hear their work read aloud by their class mates. By the end of the day each participant will have a first draft of a ten minute play which may be further developed into a longer work or be submitted to short play festivals. It is useful if participants come armed with an idea for a short play but are also welcome to be inspired through the in class exercises.


Lydia Parker

Lydia Parker is artistic director of Over Here Theatre Company which produced ObamAmerica, a festival of new American short plays at Theatre503. Her directing work includes Dolphins and Sharks , and Our American Cousin at the Finborough Theatre as well as many plays for Little Pieces of Gold. 


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