David Lane has been making new work as a playwright and dramaturg since 2002 including commissions for Papatango, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Minack Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Half Moon Theatre and Forest Forge Theatre Company, and attachments with Bristol Old Vic and Bristol University. He has worked as dramaturg with award-winning devising companies including Fine Chisel, Dirty Market, Multistory, Theatre Rush, Scratchworks and Beaford Arts. David has contributed to writer development programmes at Soho Theatre, New Writing South, Ustinov Bath, Hull Truck, Tobacco Factory Theatres and the Bristol Old Vic, and he is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and the author of Contemporary British Drama (Edinburgh University Press, 2010).
Writing for Performance
We are currently still accepting bookings for courses planned for May and onwards, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and following official advice. Should we need to cancel any courses, we will let you know as soon as possible and all fees will be returned in full. Please note that Literature Wales’ offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 situation. All Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre courses until the end of April 2020 have been postponed, but we hope to re-open in May. You can contact us through this page.
This course is perfect for writers at the beginning of a new play looking for innovative, imaginative and thought-provoking ways to develop your writing for live performance. Through a combination of workshop exercises, one-to-one meetings and sharing of work in progress, you’ll explore a multitude of approaches on how to bring your work alive on the stage.
How can you follow a plan or idea for your play, but allow yourself to take risks and enjoy the freedom of spontaneity and exploration? Taking you through the nuts and bolts of applying dramatic and theatrical thinking at the earliest stage of your ideas, tutors Kaite O’Reilly and David Lane will bring their wealth of experience across a range of live performance media to the course. You’ll leave the course buzzing with ideas and with a clear roadmap for continuing your writing to completion of a first draft.
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, the Manchester Theatre Award, an Honorary Commendations for the Jane Chambers Award and an Elliot Hayes International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. She was a finalist in the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights and has been shortlisted twice for the international James Tait Black Prize for Drama. Her work has been produced in fifteen countries worldwide, most recently Told by the Wind, Lie with Me and peeling. Her critically acclaimed selected plays Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors (2016) and The 'd' Monologues (2018) are both published by Oberon. She teaches dramaturgy at the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore and is patron of DaDaFest.