Mindshift – From Page to Stage at the Irish Writers Centre

I’m delighted to be taking part in a professional development day for aspiring playwrights at the Irish Writers Centre this Saturday 4th October.

There’s a great line up and I’ll be kicking off the day with some tips on submitting your play to theatres. I’d highly recommend this Mindshift event for any aspiring playwrights or theatre makers, as it’s a great way to familiarise yourself with the industry and the people who work in it promoting and producing new writing. Here’s the full programme for the day:

Mindshift: From Page to Stage with Industry Professionals

Learn the dos and don’ts of preparing your play for submission from the Abbey Theatre’s Literary Reader, Jessica Traynor. Hear from Karl Shiels (Theatre Upstairs), Anthony Fox (The New Theatre), Sarah Ling (Project Arts Centre) and Kris Nelson (Dublin Fringe Festival) as they present on the opportunities available to emerging playwrights.

Literary Managers Aideen Howard (Abbey Theatre), Gavin Kostick (Fishamble) and Maureen White (Rough Magic) discuss the kind of work they’re interested in receiving and what makes a good play. Ireland’s leading playwrights Michael West and Deirdre Kinahan will share their experiences of getting produced. All sessions will be followed by Q&A from the audience.

I think some places are still available – booking here: http://writerscentre.ie/html/courses/Autumn2014/PageToStage.html

One for the Playwrights…

Just a quick note which might be interesting for any non-Dublin based playwrights looking to develop their work or receive feedback (this also might be of interest to Dublin-based playwrights who find it difficult to commit to a six or eight week course!)

Alongside the group playwriting courses I run for Big smoke Writing Factory, I also offer an online course and a play reading service. 

The first is useful for those developing a work in progress, as we work together over a period of six to eight weeks, with me sending tutorials and the playwright sending work  to be critiqued in return. The second option is good for any of you who may have a play in a drawer that they need a second opinion on! Generally I read the play and deliver four to five pages of feedback within a two week period, before meeting with the playwright to discuss. I really enjoy this one-to-one work, and I know it’s helped a few playwrights get excited about a project all over again.

I’m accepting participants for the online course and the play reading service on a rolling basis. Links to some more info on both services here – and you can always contact me here if you’ve any questions.

Online Course: http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/Online_Play.php

Play reading service: http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/OtherServices.php