Kaite O’Reilly works internationally as a playwright, dramaturg, and tutor. She won The Ted Hughes Award for New Works in Poetry for her dramatic retelling of Persians, produced by National Theatre Wales in their inaugural year. Other prizes include The Peggy Ramsay Award, The Wales Theatre Award, and M.E.N. best play of the year. She was a finalist in the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights and James Tait Black Award for Drama. Her work has been produced in twelve countries worldwide, most recently her Unlimited International Commission in Singapore 2017-18 and The 9 Fridas in Taipei and Hong Kong. Her work is published by Faber, and her critically acclaimed selected plays Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors, was published by Oberon in 2016. She teaches dramaturgy at the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore and is patron of Disability Arts Cymru and DaDaFest.
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends: A Masterclass in Writing for Performance
Working with participants’ own work-in-progress as well as selected performance texts by established writers, this masterclass will explore:
- Dynamic openings and arresting starts. How to dive into the action of the moment, avoiding prevarication and ‘set-ups’;
- How to keep middles taut, engaging, and with driving action;
- Different kinds of conflict needed for effective drama, and how to map change in the beats, character development, and narrative;
- Different form and dramatic structures for live performance; and
- How to draw all to a satisfying close, avoiding the formulaic.
This intensive and practical course will give the participants opportunities to create new work as well as reconsider and revise existing work-in-progress.
The week will be intensely practical, with a selection of specially created exercises to explore new territory in on-going work, or to seed new work. Timed exercises will focus on developing the participant’s individual voice and vision. Practical group workshops will share emerging work, with one-to-one dramaturgical sessions to discuss participants’ projects.
In order to focus on the writers and support their writing, the course will run with only eight select participants. Successful participants will be asked to prepare for the week by reading several selected texts in advance.
To apply for the masterclass, please submit your initial ideas for new work or an outline of work in progress (max. 500 words) plus a paragraph outlining your goals for the week (max. 300 words).
*Limited spaces left*