Kick-starting short plays with Mary Anne Butler

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This workshop will guide participants through the steps for writing a short stage play from scratch. We’ll do some exercises to generate ideas for themes, discuss the elements which make for great theatre, and we’ll share a stack of terrific playwriting resources to create a bedrock of greater playwriting knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. This workshop will be interactive and collaborative in style, drawing on the existing experience of participants as readers, writers and theatre lovers and participants will leave with a range of hard copy resources to support their first draft writing process.

On completion, participants will have:
– An identifiable protagonist and antagonist / forces of antagonism
– Greater understanding of the elements of drama: character conflict, character stakes, obstacles and plot
– The bones of a short play which they can continue to develop post-workshop
– Greater confidence in their capacity to complete a short play

Totem Theatre will be running a short play development program over 2018/2019 which will see short (fifteen minute) scripts developed from an idea to a staged production. Participants of this kick-start workshop will come away with the bones of something they may choose to develop to submit to this callout. Selected scripts will have the opportunity to go through a ten-day mentorship workshop with Sandra Thibodeaux later in the year. Scripts which are developed through this process will be staged in 2019 by a team of directors and actors.

Intention to submit to Totem Theatre’s program is encouraged but not a requirement to partake in the workshop. The workshop is for anyone with an interest in writing for the stage.

Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin based playwright whose plays include Broken, Highway of Lost Hearts, The Sound of Waiting, Alice in Wonderland [adaptation] and Cusp. Broken won the 2016 Victorian Prize for Literature and Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama; Highway of Lost Hearts co–won 2016 NT Book of the Year. From 2016-2018 Mary Anne has mentored in the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Fresh Ink program, guiding emerging playwrights towards writing their first short plays. She holds a Master of Creative Writing and a Master of Arts Education, and she’s a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.

Sunday 22 July 2018
10am – 4pm
Museum of Central Australia--Meeting Room
$70/55 NTWC members/under 25s
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