Directing and Scriptwriting Masterclass

Monday 8 May 2017, 1.30PM to 3.30pm

Speaker(s): Simon Stephens and Sean Holmes

Sean Holmes is a theatre director. He has been Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith since January 2009. To date his productions have included Blasted (Olivier Award 2011, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); A Thousand Stars Explode in the SkyGhost Stories, Three Sisters and Comedians. Recent productions include Secret Theatre (2014-15, Lyric); Herons (2016, Lyric) and The Plough and the Stars (2016, The Abbey Theatre). Other theatre includes: Loot (Tricycle); Treasure Island (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Twelfth Night with Filter (London/touring); Pornography (Traverse/Birmingham Repertory Theatre); The English Game (Headlong); The Man Who Had All the Luck (Donmar Warehouse); The Entertainer (Old Vic) and Julius Caesar (RSC). He was an associate director of the Oxford Stage Company from 2001 to 2006 and has worked for the National Theatre and RSC, as well as the Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse.
 
Simon Stephens is an award-winning playwright, who has produced work for the National Theatre, the Royal Court, Bush, the Lyric and the Royal Exchange, amongst others. He began his theatrical career in the literary department of the Royal Court Theatre, where he ran its Young Writers' Programme. 
 
His plays for theatre include: 
  • Bluebird (Royal Court Theatre, London, 1998, directed by Gordon Anderson); 
  • Herons (Royal Court Theatre, 2001); 
  • Port  (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2002); 
  • One Minute (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2003 and Bush Theatre, London, 2004); 
  • Christmas  (Bush Theatre, 2004); Country Music (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 2004); 
  • On the Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange Theatre and National Theatre, London, 2005); 
  • Motortown (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, 2006); 
  • Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007; Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, London, 2009); 
  • Harper Regan (National Theatre, 2008); Sea Wall (Bush Theatre, 2008/Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2009); 
  • Heaven (Traverse Theatre, 2009); Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith, London, and Royal Exchange Theatre, 2009); 
  • The Trial of Ubu (Essen Schauspielhaus/Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2010); 
  • A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with David Eldridge and Robert Holman; Lyric Hammersmith, London, 2010); 
  • Marine Parade (co-written with Mark Eitzel; Brighton International Festival, 2010); 
  • T5 (Traverse Theatre, 2010); 
  • Wastwater (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, 2011); 
  • Morning (Lyric Hammersmith, 2012); 
  • an adaptation of A Doll's House (Young Vic, 2012); 
  • an adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, 2012); 
  • Blindsided (Royal Exchange, 2014);
  • Birdland (Royal Court, 2014). 
 
His radio plays include Five Letters Home to Elizabeth (BBC Radio 4, 2001) and Digging (BBC Radio 4, 2003). His screenwriting includes an adaptation of Motortown for Film4 (2009); the two-part serial Dive (with Dominic Savage) for Granada/BBC (2009); and a short film adaptation of Pornography for Channel 4's 'Coming Up' series (2009). 
 
Awards include the Pearson Award for Best New Play, 2001, for Port; Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World, 2005; and for Motortown German critics in Theater Heute's annual poll voted him Best Foreign Playwright, 2007. His adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/author/simon-stephens-3358#sthash.6oHecavi.dpuf
 
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Location: Scenic Stage Theatre (TFTV/041)

Admission: This event is only open to TFTV staff and students.