Throughout this programme, you will develop the tools to craft stories using frameworks such as narrative structure through plot and setting. The course will look at how stories unfold to engage, fascinate, or tease an audience. It will also explore character and dialogue. All of this will also be done in a way that is practical, non-intellectual, and non-academic so that it accessible to everyone.
Each week, you will be given an idea to think about with regard to storytelling for the stage, along with an invitation to write a response to this idea (an optional exercise for homework!) between classes.
There will also be space for the you to guide the content of the classes to reflect your interests. For example, it could look at adaptation, writing audio drama, or specialise in comic dialogue and crafting jokes.
Just as important as course material, is that together the class creates a space in which participants can share their work without fear. Many of us find having our material read aloud to be terrifying and something to be avoided at all costs. The environment for sharing and feeding back will be structured and nurturing. This class is about building confidence in your work.
No prior knowledge is required for this course and all course materials will be provided. Openness, enthusiasm, support, a sense of humour, and a passion to learn how to explore ideas through writing for the stage is all that is necessary to take part.
Andrew Tidmarsh has taught playwriting for over 20 years (Goldsmiths, University of London; RADA; and Central St Martins). He is obsessed with story structure and has even written a book about it. All his teaching work centres around the ideas of self-managed and democratic learning environments. He has been greatly influenced by the thinking of writer Ian Cunningham, who is Andrew’s advisor and mentor.
This is a 10-week course taking place one evening per week.