This course is designed for students who wish to prepare for a sustainable professional career in writing for live and recorded performance.
Practice, skill building and student centered learning are at the heart of the programme.
Taking the premise of David Edgar that performance writing is both an art and a craft; the programme will support students to find their own style and voice, while learning the professional techniques and essential craft skills to express these. This is solidly underpinned with the theoretical study of the contemporary and historical canon.
Combining both taught and individual research elements, the course allows you to explore and develop your personal interests and subjects, whilst offering a firm structure from which to experiment with dramatic form.
The programme has a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice, and following a first semester of intensives and lecturer input, a flexible mode of study will develop to enable you to pursue your own learning experience. This may include, depending on your own interests, traditional forms of theatre and influences and contemporary trends in staging and research, (verbatim, site specific, multi-media, community), approaches to writing for film, television and radio, the finding of a unique 'voice' for these and building connections with audiences. The course will develop high levels of research skills and offer frequent opportunities for script development, collaboration and staging.