The Class of 18/19:

R to L: Dave, Mary, Sam, Sarah, Simon (Tutor) TJ, Syivia, Eleanor,
Ginni, Daragh, Chris and yours truly
. The Class of 18/19.

Write a Full Length Play – Advanced 10 weeks – Simon Vinnicombe.

These 10 weeks and any following workshops will follow the same format as most University MA Theatre / Playwriting courses. Simon has taught MA Theatre for several years.   

Each session explored a new element of theatre writing from structure, narrative, dramatic action, dialogue, character, stage directions and form. We explored a new text each week and workshop new pieces of work from course participants. Some of the work was set by Simon and some was a continuation of our own work/play. The course incorporate two one on one tutorials to help participants towards creating a full length new play. We had all had some experience in writing for theatre, whether on a previous course or at University. This course was focused on helping us complete a play we could be proud of and ready to submit to theatres.

Master Raconteur ran a day workshop with National Theatre playwright Simon Vinnicombe covering dramatic action, scene writing and structure. And I was hooked.

About the playwright: Simon Vinnicombe began his career with the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme. His first two plays Year 10 (2005) and Cradle Me (2008) opened at the Finborough Theatre. Year 10 was named Time Out Critics’ Choice and subsequently transferred to the BAC and the Festival Premieres second edition, a festival by the Theatre National de Strasbourg and Le Maillon and as part of the Brittany International Theatre Festival in 2006. Simon’s other work has been produced at the Bush Theatre, Union Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Southwark Playhouse, the Old Vic Theatre, the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City and on BBC Radio 4. He currently teaches screen and stage at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Master Raconteur is a non for profit organisation offering writer training. Its remit is to give people access to industry professionals at the cheapest price possible.