introduction to playwriting

A TUTOR-LED, ONLINE COURSE TO GET YOUR IDEAS ONTO THE PAGE AND READY FOR THE STAGE

ABOUT THE COURSE

This live, tutor-led course introduces you to the skills and knowledge needed to start writing plays. Many other courses deal with the 'theory' of writing plays, but this one gets you putting pen to paper from the very first session and leads you on a journey that ends with creating your own work. 

Over twelve weeks of sessions, you will be taught by theatre director and published playwright Ben Humphrey. Sessions topics will include but not be limited to;

- Genre

- Character

- Setting

- Dialogue

- Voice

As well as dealing with the mechanics of writing plays, the course will also offer help and advice on the next stages of your work's life and set you on the road to getting your work produced - after all, a play needs a performance.

HOW IS THE COURSE DELIVERED?

The course will be delivered through our online learning programme portal on TortiveTheatre.com and through twelve live sessions conducted by Zoom.

The online portal will contain details and supporting material for each session and links used throughout the course. 

WHAT DO YOU GET AS PART OF THE COURSE? 

In addition to the course sessions and tutor time, you will receive:

- Guarantee of small class sizes (maximum of fifteen participants)

- Option to share your work in progress with the class and receive peer feedback. (Not a requirement)

- Submission of your complete play script for detailed feedback from your tutor within a year of course completion, meaning you've got plenty of time to put your new skills into practice. 

- Access to the private course forum group where you can chat with other course members and share ideas, thoughts and feedback with one another. 

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

The course is designed for those with limited experience in writing plays, but we welcome anyone who would like to participate. 

There are no formal academic entry requirements. Participants are welcome from across the globe, but a good standard of English comprehension will be required to gain the most from the course. 

COURSE FEES?

The cost of the course is £250.00.

To break that down into a session-by-session cost, it works out at approximately £20.83 per taught session. 

HOW CAN I PAY FOR THE COURSE? 

There are three payment options for the course. 

1. Full payment of £250

2. £100 deposit + £150 payment by 9th January 2023

3. Instalments 4 x £62.50 (First payment upon registration, second payment October 2022, third payments November 2022, fourth payment December 2022)

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Payment can be accepted by BACS transfer or credit/debit card. 

You can select your preferred payment option at the point of booking. 

I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS. WHO CAN I CONTACT?

We are happy to answer any questions you have about the course. Please contact admin@tortivetheatre.com with any queries you might have. 

 

daTes & times

 
Casting

JANUARY 2023

Monday 16th January

at 7:00pm

Monday 23rd January

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Monday 30th January

at 7:00pm

FEBRUARY 2023

Monday 13th February

at 7:00pm

Monday 20th February

at 7:00pm

Monday 27th February

at 7:00pm

MARCH 2023

Monday 13th March

at 7:00pm

Monday 20th March

at 7:00pm

Monday 27th March

at 7:00pm

APRIL 2023

Monday 3rd April

at 7:00pm

Monday 17th April

at 7:00pm

Monday 24th April

at 7:00pm

Writing
 

yOUR TUTOR

BEN HUMPHREY 

Ben is a published playwright and director whose works have been performed all over the globe. His current production, Shakespeare's Fool, has received ★★★★  &  ★★★★★ reviews from major critics and has spent the last eighteen months touring the UK and abroad.

Ben was both Associate and Artistic Director of the Worcester Repertory Company before leaving to found Tortive Theatre in 2019. During that time, Tortive Theatre has produced a digital season, two Edinburgh Fringe seasons, a national tour, two international writing competitions and been nominated for two OnComm Awards.

 

Ben is a senior member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA) and appraises new theatrical work from across the globe. He was also a Lecturer and Module Leader at the University of Worcester and a Specialist Lecturer at Staffordshire University.

Ben is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal Society of Literature. He holds an MA in Creative Writing with a specialism in dramatic form and is delighted to be leading this course in 2023. 

Ben Humphrey
 
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