This module introduces you to the entire sequence of new play development, from the beginning of the creative writing process to workshopping with other theatre practitioners to the redrafting process. In weeks 5-9 of the autumn term, you will explore key points in the development process and the documents and practices necessary to move through this process (how to write a treatment, preparing for and running a new play workshop, different approaches to commissioning, presenting a first draft to a funding board, etc.). In weeks 2-5 of the spring term, you will practise new play workshopping techniques and the redrafting processes that follow such workshops.
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The aims of the module are:
¿ to introduce you to new play development processes in the UK, from pitching of initial ideas to submission of production drafts
¿ to stimulate critical analysis of the marketplace for new writing in the UK
¿ to expose you to the types of practical writing necessary to engage in these processes (writing a pitch letter, writing a grant application, etc.)
¿ to provide you with opportunities to practise describing and promoting your own dramatic writing, both in writing and through presentations
¿ to explore collaboration with other theatre professionals and members of the public as part of the workshopping and development process to prepare a new play for staging
¿ to provide you with opportunities to engage in the vital step of redrafting during and after a reading/workshop
¿ to explore different ways that playwrights, directors and dramaturgs collaborate during rehearsals of the finished draft of the script.
By the end of the module you will be expected:
¿ to demonstrate an understanding of various new play development processes
¿ to have developed the practical writing and presentation skills that will enable you to engage in those processes
¿ to be able to work collaboratively with other theatre professionals to workshop a script in development and to rehearse a script for production
¿ to have learned to analyse and evaluate feedback received as part of a workshopping or play reading process to help you in the process of redrafting your script
¿ to exercise a critical understanding of playwriting in the theatre industry.
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Students will receive written feedback on their summative work within the 20-working day University feedback policy, with an option of an individual follow-up meeting if any aspect of the feedback is unclear to the student or if more guidance on interpreting the feedback is requested.
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