Jonny has been directing theatre at Chickenshed for many years and will be basing the workshops on how the actor explores dialogue with the use of pauses and silences. Over the three sessions you will experiment with dialogue and interaction between characters and prepare mini- scenes for an actor to read and interpret.

Most writers don’t know that actors are never better than in the pauses or in the subtext. They give actors too many words. In a play, words are parentheses to the silences. They’re useful for the actors, but . . . they aren’t the whole story.

— Yasmina Reza


Workshop One - Writing From Interviews and Research (led by Rachel Yates)

Date: Thur 7 May
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Ages: 18+
Tickets: Working adults £12 | OAPS £10 

Rachel wrote and directed All I’ve Known, a play about the care system in 2013 and has devised many performances since using her casts as inspiration for story and dialogue. Rachel will explore the possibilities of writing from existing interviews, and then give you some tasks to take away from the session in order to start your own character driven piece.


Workshop Two - Magic Realism (led by Peter Dowse)

Date: Thur 14 May
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Ages: 18+
Tickets: Working adults £12 | OAPS £10 

Peter has been writing for Chickenshed for many years, People’s Happiness, Duty and Fairy’s Tale to name just a few. Peter will lead this workshop based on magic realism- where fact and fiction meet.


Workshop Three - Interpretation of Dialogue (led by Jonny Morton)

Date: Thur 21 May
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Ages: 18+
Tickets: Working adults £12 | OAPS £10 

Jonny has been directing theatre at Chickenshed for many years and will base his workshop on how the actor explores dialogue. As writers you will experiment with dialogue and interaction between characters, you will prepare mini- scenes for an actor to read and interpret.


Rehearsed Reading  - ?

Date: Tue 3 Dec
Time: 7pm 
Ages: 18+
Tickets: £10

A group of actors bring your words to life, giving you the chance to listen and comment