Led by professional playwright Nicola McCartney, this unique programme from the University of Edinburgh focuses on the practical exploration of the theory and craft of writing for performance. It focuses on how a script is written to be interpreted by the key creative artists in theatre and how that script plays out in real space and time in front of an audience.
The programme is taught through a combination of seminars, workshops, independent study, one to one supervision and professional master-classes led by some of Europe's leading playwrights and theatre artists. There will also be regular theatre visits.
A core component of the programme will be development workshops with professional actors and established directors, focusing on students' own work. Students will also work with the Performing Artists in Residence, who will offer workshops in each semester.
The academic year will culminate in a public, professional reading of the students' work-in-progress at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Playwrights' Studio, Scotland project manage practical aspects of the programme, including script development workshops and public readings of the students' work.