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Up Close 2013

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland hosted a day of workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one sessions for playwrights at all stages of their careers. The event took place at the CCA, Glasgow.

It was a great success, with over 100 visitors filling the CCA to attend a diverse programme of free workshops.

The workshops on offer included:

Making theatre for (and with) the very young

Participants explored the joys and challenges of creating theatrical experiences for very young audiences. A practical workshop delivered by Rob Evans (The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk, Kes, Peter Pan) and Heather Fulton (Artistic Director of Frozen Charlotte, Too Many Penguins). 

Writing plays that GRAB attention

George Aza-Selinger, Literary Manager at National Theatre of Scotland, delivered a masterclass on writing plays that grab attention.

Jo Clifford: Masterclass

Renowned Scottish playwright Jo Clifford (Losing Venice; Sex, Chips and the Holy Ghost) led an interactive masterclass on empathy. 

BBC Scotland Radio Drama

David Ian Neville, playwright and BBC Radio Drama Producer, hosted a masterclass aimed at anyone interested in writing drama for radio.

Script Surgeries

The Script Surgeries offered half hour, one-to-one sessions with playwright Catherine Grosvenor and George Aza-Selinger, Literary Manager of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Introduction to Playwriting with Chris Dolan

Scottish playwright, screenwriter and novelist Chris Dolan (SabinaThe ReaderRedlegs) led an interactive workshop for aspiring playwrights looking to make a start on their first play. Suitable for those with no playwriting experience.

Further Skills for Playwrights with Douglas Maxwell

Douglas Maxwell (Decky Does a Bronco; Promises, Promises), led a workshop for those with some experience of playwriting, or who had attended a playwriting workshop in the past.

Directing New Writing,  supported by Stage to Page

Led by theatre director Amanda Gaughan (Roman Bridge). This workshop was aimed at directors with an interest in new writing.


(Photos by Martins Melecis.)

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