I’m delighted to give exclusive advance notice for a residential course I will be teaching in February 2015 at Tŷ Newydd, Lloyd George’s former home, now the national writers’ centre of Wales on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula.
This new course, the first of a series of three masterclasses, is for a small select group of writers committed to writing for performance. Course details are not yet available on the Tŷ Newydd website, and places will be offered on a first come first served basis. All enquiries should be directed to Tŷ Newydd at the contact details, below.
Writing for theatre and performance – a strong, arresting voice.
9 – 14 February 2015.
From solo shows to dramatic speeches in multi-character plays, from Shakespeare’s rules of rhetoric to Mamet’s ‘beware the puppy dog speech’ – this course will take an in-depth study of the skills, approaches, aesthetics and practices that create dynamic, effective and effecting dialogue in performance writing.
The course will be highly intensive and for committed playwrights, offering a mix of theory and practice, practical workshops, sharing of work with mutual and critical support, and reading assignments set in advance.
We will consider:
- the different ways a story is told through dialogue – from contemporary solo performance pieces to reinventing ancient texts.
- point of view, back story, and how to create the world of the play through language.
- how to write credible, lively, engaging dialogue and reveal character and action through speech.
- how to manipulate pace and tempo-rhythm, create tension and sustain interest.
The skills and techniques explored will benefit all writers for performance, not just those engaged in solo shows, and ideally for those already with some experience in writing for theatre.
Those interested in this course, please contact Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre at the address below.
Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0LW.
Kaite O’Reilly won The Ted Hughes Award for New Works in Poetry for her dramatic retelling of ‘Persians’, the oldest extant play in the Western theatrical canon, and produced by National Theatre Wales in their inaugural year. Other prizes include The Peggy Ramsay Award, M.E.N. best play and a finalist in the International Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Awarded three Cultural Olympiad commissions in 2012, her montaged monologues ‘In Water I’m Weightless’ was produced by National Theatre Wales as part of the official festival celebrating the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics at South Bank Centre. ‘The 9 Fridas’ premiered at the Taipei Festival in 2014, and will transfer to Hong Kong in 2015. A Fellow at the international research centre ‘Interweaving performance cultures’ in Berlin, her work has been produced in eleven countries worldwide. www.kaiteoreilly.com