Finding Way- The Industry Flexes Through Covid

https://www.theatreartlife.com/lifestyle/finding-ways-the-theatre-industry-flexes-through-covid/ In March this year, when the world moved into its first Covid- 19 lock-down, none of us could have imagined the devastation on the Theatre Industry. As we tentatively stepped back out into the European summer, we didn’t foresee we’d be back for a second lockdown as we head toward the new year. And […]

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The Enigma of Ideas

A common question around writing is “Where do you get your ideas from?” How I wish I knew the answer. I guess if think back to any kind of script or fiction I have written, I suppose the idea has usually come from being somewhere -a place or an event where I’ve been immersed in […]

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What Constitutes A Script?

In filmmaking, there is much debate over the script, what it constitutes and who owns it. The inherent difference between a script and a novel or a play is that, ultimately, the script is a blueprint, a starting point, and inevitable collaboration, compared to the sanctity of the play or novel. That understood, it is […]

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Heavy Artillery.

WRITING ABOUT ART: Heavy Artillery is the latest exhibition from White Rabbit Gallery, as founder and director Judith Neilson continues to build her legacy of collecting and exhibiting works of 21st century Chinese Contemporary Art. This exhibition is curated by David Williams and surveys  30 works of new and established Chinese artists. The art historical […]

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A Reflection on Developing a Writer’s Aesthetic

Artifice/realism, detachment/immersion – I’m definitely interested in audience engagement. Making audiences feel is critical for writers. I also want the audience to be critical, to think, to question, to be uncomfortable. I think theatre should call for active participation by the audience, otherwise, they may as well be sitting in front of the television. Risk/control […]

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Scene Setting Without A Word

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about stripping back dialogue in my scripts. I am constantly locked in battle with my arch-nemesis, exposition, but it’s a battle I will win, one day, or so I keep telling myself. I’ve been reading lots of scripts and watching lots of theatre and film that create powerful scenes […]

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