Playwriting is done by playwrights. A ‘wright’ implies a doer or a maker, not simply someone sitting at a desk with a pen in hand, so this workshop will be practical. It will be based in the work of the participants. The workshop will also be progressive – Session 1 will lead into Session 2 and so on, with participants ‘progressing’ their writing over the two days. The workshop will also be personal in that each participant will begin from the point of their own living knowledge and experience.
Action, Activity and Analysis:
The presumption is that everyone has something to write. The workshop will help you to realize how to do this. This will involve identifying and understanding the elements that go into making a drama: how to make
happen! To do this, we shall work from the participants’ writing and also seek help from an old hand – participants are asked to familiarise themselves with Shakespeare’s
and to bring a copy to the workshop.
The workshop will focus on stage drama, but many elements and principles apply equally to dramatic writing for radio or film. However the work will also be useful for actors, directors and designers. The script is the common object everyone gathers round. Playwrights have to ‘see’ their world to bring it to life – actors have to do the same. And directors and designers have to ‘see’ what the playwright and actors are ‘seeing.’ And finally the audience has to ‘see’ what, essentially, is not there. We have to ‘see the ghost’ even though we know there is no ghost. The journey to this moment begins with the playwright.
What You Need:
Please bring pens and pencils – different colours and inks and leads and thicknesses can be a boon – and writing and drawing paper, enough to be liberal and free with your use. You can also bring your writing machines and work from those as you wish. Whatever you are comfortable with to use to set down those moments when the ghosts pass through your mind and you watch them and listen to their meetings.
THE TUTOR: MURRAY EDMOND
Worked as an actor and writer for The Living Theatre Troupe (1970-1972), Beggar’s Bag Theatre (1972-1973); The Half Moon Theatre, London (1975-1976) as a teacher, director and writer; as an actor and creator for Theatre Action (1976-1977); founded and directed Town and Country Players (1980-1983), working as a writer and actor; and as a director and writer for the Mercury Theatre (1984-85). In 1985 he began teaching with Mervyn Thompson at the University of Auckland and after Mervyn’s retirement in 1990, ran the Drama Programmes, appointed as Associate Professor in Drama in 2006 and retiring from that teaching position at the end of 2014. One of the courses he taught regularly was a post-grad course in playwriting.
From 1997 until the present, he has been the dramaturge for all of Indian Ink’s plays, from
Mrs Krishnan’s Party
(2017). He has also worked as a Dramaturge with David Geary, Justine and Paul Simei-Barton, Witi Ihimaera, and Albert Wendt, among others. He was written for children’s and educational theatre and for youth theatre. In 2012 he directed
Len Lye: The Opera.
As a writer, Murray has published 14 volumes of poetry, a recent book of fiction and a volume of critical writing as well as being a regular contributor to critical and creative journals and magazines.
Company Theatre is proud to announce our next production of Oscar Wilde's classic...
Earlybird tickets for Saturday 11th August - only $20 if booked before the 1st August!
Peter Pan, our school holiday show, opens on Friday July 6th.
J M Barrie's classic play will be familiar to everyone and has something for both young and old. Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, takes Wendy, John and Michael to Neverland where they have wonderful adventures, meet the fairy Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys - and the Pirates, led by the nefarious Captain Hook.
When Wendy and the boys are kidnapped by Hook and his gang, will Peter be able to rescue them before they're forced to walk the plank? Join us to find out!
Shows: Fri 6th – Sat 14th July
at 7pm Weds to Sat; 2pm Sunday matinee on the 8th; no show Mon – Tues
$10 Concession (seniors and students - I.D. required)
$10 Concession (members, groups of 10+)
$8 Member special on Opening Gala Night
To book a group of 25+ or a whole show, contact us for special prices. We hope to see you at the show!
Director, ‘Peter Pan’
Dolphin Theatre presents
An Inspector Calls
by J B Priestley
An All-time Classic Thriller
Directed by Glenda Pearce
22 Jun–7 Jul
Set in England in 1912, the play opens with the Birling family celebrating their daughter’s engagement. An inspector calls to question them about the apparent suicide of a young woman. We learn everyone is implicated in her undoing. The tension that follows climaxes with an astounding revelation. A masterpiece that forces the audience to reflect on how their actions affect others.