Hamish Pirie is a new writing theatre director. He trained as a resident assistant director at Paines Plough and the Donmar Warehouse. He has worked in venues of all scale from the Edinburgh fringe to international festivals and the west end. He mainly works at subsidised new writing houses such as the Traverse and Royal Court theatre.
This course will explore the dramatic form for writing for theatre. Course participants are encouraged to bring along an idea or a skeleton of an unfinished play and, under the supervision of the course tutors, will explore different ways of unlocking their stories through formal choices and innovations in story-design. The course will look at the best work of contemporary playwrights and theatre makers, and identify how and why they have used formal devices to dramatize their stories. Through a series of taught, and workshop-led seminars the tutors will introduce participants to a series of dramatic tools that will equip writers with a new degree of understanding of the dramatic craft.
In partnership with Dirty Protest, who will be present throughout the week.
Tim Price is a playwright, screenwriter, dramaturg and lecturer. He won the inaugural James Tait Black Prize for his play The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning in 2013 and won Best English-Language playwright at the Theatre Critics of Wales Award in 2014 for Salt Root and Roe. His plays have been produced by the Royal National Theatre, National Theatre Wales, The Royal Court, The Donamar Warehouse, The Traverse Theatre and Pentabus Theatre. He has been nominated for a BAFTA and an Olivier Award, and has had his work translated into 15 different languages and performed all over the world.
Catherine Paskell is Artistic Director of Dirty Protest and an independent performance director from Cardiff. She was a founding member of National Theatre Wales and a Creative Associate between 2009 - 2011. Catherine trained on the Theatre Directing MFA at Birkbeck, University of London and was resident director at Contact, Manchester and Octagon Theatre Bolton. Catherine’s production of Parallel Lines for Dirty Protest won Best Production at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards. She is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme and the RSA.