Dramatic Studio: Contemporary Playwriting Techniques

Dramatic Studio: Contemporary Playwriting Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
6 x Saturday afternoons: 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November, 1pm–4pm
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395

A six-week practical and intensive study of contemporary theatre and the writing techniques needed to succeed in it. Led by one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, each session will concentrate on a range of topics including contemporary dialogue techniques, characterisation principles, dramatic structure, contemporary theatre genres and the latest trends in national and international theatre. Over half of each session will involve hands-on, practical workshopping of the participating writers’ scripts.

Timothy Daly is one of those rare playwrights – one who can explain the art of it! He has a musical ear for dialogue and so many wonderfully well thought out ideas and processes for how to draft and redraft work to its absolute best. I started my career with Tim as a mentor/dramaturg, and he helped me to structure and craft my first ever professional play, which then went on to a performance at the Sydney Opera House. His short play course was instrumental in my own embracing of the form. Tim has considered insights into what works in which spaces and for which audiences, and he is able to reveal this with tremendous generosity and intelligence, and with the understanding of a working and talented practitioner.’
Suzie Miller, multi-award winning playwright. Suzi has been in residence with Ex Machina & Robert Lepage, National Theatre London, National Theatre of Scotland and Griffin Theatre. She has won and been shortlisted for the Kit Denton Fellowship, the AWGIES, state premier’s awards, Irish Times award, and the New York Fringe Festival.

Timothy Daly taught me about the musicality of language, and the importance of being bold in both my ideas and vision. He taught me about the importance of redrafting and editing and the priceless benefit of being open to robust, articulate dramaturgical feedback. He taught me about the creative drive and the necessity to work as hard as you can to get your work on the page and then the stage. So basically he taught me everything anyone needs to know about being a playwright.’
—Tom Holloway, whose works have been seen around Australia as well as in the UK and Europe, including at the Volksbühne München, Traverse Theatre, Bush Theatre, Aårhus Teater, and Hampstead Theatre. 2016 will see the premiers of Sunshine for Red Stitch Actors Theatre and his adaptation of Double Indemnity for Melbourne Theatre Company.

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About the tutor
Timothy Daly
is one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, with a string of national and international productions to his credit. Actors such as Academy-Award winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush have appeared in his plays. His 2008 play, Derrida In Love, was written expressly for the 2011 Academy Award nominee, Jacki Weaver. His play Kafka Dances has won over a dozen national and international awards since its première, and is the most internationally performed Australian plays of all time. His recent play The Man in the Attic was awarded Australia’s most prestigious award for a new play, the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, and has just been performed in Paris.  Timothy Daly’s newest play Richard III (ou presque) premiered at the 2010 Festival of Avignon, followed by a season in Paris in Oct-Nov, 2011.

He has been a literary judge in most categories for the Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIES, The NSW Premier’s Fellowship, and the Premier’s Literary Awards. He has taught extensively in Australia and overseas, and was a Featured Artist at the 2014 and 2016 Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference.  His radio plays have been broadcast in six countries, and won an AWGIE and an AWGIE nomination.  In 2012, Timothy Daly began a professional relationship with Los Angeles-based producer Victoria Wisdom for the production in the U.S.A. of his theatre and film work. He advises on over 100 plays and productions a year both in Australia and the US.


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