LP writing group spin-off: Playwriting

Monday Playwriting Group

2-4pm, at Launchpad, Holy Jesus Hospital

A group for mental health service users to explore how words get turned into theatrical productions, and writing for performance.

The playwriting group is set up with two aims; to provide an introduction to and forum to discuss playwriting; to provide a play reading group aimed at writers.

The practical writing aspect of the sessions will involve writing exercises and discussion of approaches to playwriting. The reading element will involve reading extracts of plays as a group (by no means will it be compulsory to read aloud) that support the practical part of the session and provide stimulus for discussion on style and technique in the work of different writers we choose to look at.

The first session will be on May 9th and will focus on monologue in playwriting; we will be looking at a scene from Susan Sontag’s Alice in Bed, a piece that touches on notions of illness,identity and mental wellbeing..

Obviously this is short notice, but we will have future sessions (see below)

Later sessions will look at sub-text, exposition, story structure, rewriting and spontaneity.

There is no preparation, prior knowledge or experience of theatre or playwriting required for any of the sessions.

The sessions will not be every Monday to start with, but we will send out information as and when later dates are decided.


Alisdair Cameron
LAUNCHPAD Team Leader,
NTWSU&C n/wk co-chair (with Mish Loraine)
(for network business: ntwsuc)

Offices 210 and 211,
Holy Jesus Hospital,
City Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tel 0191 2330382 (personal mobile 07736074213)
E-mail launchpadncl

or alisdairscameron

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