2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase One

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Who: Timothy Daly
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 10, 17, 24 & 31 March; 21 & 28 April; 5 & 12May 2012, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price: $720; Member: $510; Conc Member: $435
Code: 12DALY3

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally successful playwrights, with a string of national and international awards and productions. Open to both beginning writers for theatre as well as those with some experience, this year -long course is one of the most detailed, practical and hands-on available.

This phase takes you through the basic techniques important for theatre writing.

Week 1: Components of Linear Narrative. How stories & plotting  work in theatre.
Week 2: Skills Needed for Play Writing & how to  acquire them.
Week 3: Dialogue Techniques, Dialogue Patterns & Imagistic Writing for theatre.
Week 4: Dramatic Textures and how texture affects theatre space.
Week 5: Characterisation Techniques & The Relationship Journey in theatre.
Week 6: Techniques of Scene Writing & Writing for Actors.
Week 7: Modernism Vs Humanism: Understanding the two dominant aesthetics in contemporary theatre. 
Week 8: Under 35 Vs Over 35 Theatre: Understanding the two dominant audiences in contemporary theatre.


Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.

About the tutor

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally-produced playwrights, with productions in many countries. The author of plays including The Man in the Attic, Kafka Dances and Derrida In Love, Timothy Daly has worked with actors of the calibre of Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Jacki Weaver, Lynette Curran and Bruce Spence. His many awards include Awgies, the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award & South Africa’s “Vita” Awards


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