Playwriting course at the Bike Shed Theatre with David Lane

I highly recommend this course. I’ve been working with David on ‘Hunger’. He is the only dramaturg/person I have come across with the ability to look at a play and understand/critique it on its own terms. One of the most intelligent people I know. But not in a scary way. & I’m one of the guest speakers 🙂


A week-long playwriting course at the Bike Shed Theatre

As part of the Extreme Imagination Festival of Children’s Literature, the Bike Shed Theatre is holding a week-long course where writers will create new plays inspired by childhood.

Memorabilia is led by playwright and dramaturg David Lane and takes the objects, sounds, music, people and places of childhood as the starting point for writing a play. This five-day course offers:

  • A full week of playwriting exploration including practical exercises and discussion
  • Five professional visiting speakers
  • Attendance at two shows (ticket prices included) and pre/post-show Q+A
  • One-to-one dramaturgy on request
  • A chance for focused and supported writing time on developing a new play

Suitable for beginners or playwrights with some previous experience, the course will run from 10.30am – 6.00pm from the 18th-22nd February, with two evening visits to live performances. The course is limited to ten participants and places are £120 / £100 (concessions): fantastic value for a course offering professional support, contacts, feedback, encouragement and engagement with live theatre.

Course places are available via e-mail. Writers should send:

·         a 10-page sample of previous writing for the stage

·         a covering letter explaining their interest in the course

At its discretion the Bike Shed Theatre will also be offering bursaries to three writers to cover the course fee; please let us know in your application if you would like to be considered. Click here to read about the course on the Bike Shed website.

Comments from participants on previous workshops by course tutor:

‘Met and exceeded my expectations. It was intensive and challenging, far more was demanded of us than any other writers’ workshop I’ve been to…I found I was using parts of my brain that have lain dormant for years.’

‘The tutor knows his stuff, is approachable and honest. I enjoyed the morning sessions and the flow of subjects covered, which seemed to logically aid the building of a new piece of work. By the end of the week, I felt able to share work and receive comments without worrying about getting things ‘right’.’

‘A very good “how to” course with masses of helpful information / tips, lots of one to one time if needed and the chance to put ideas into action. An excellent teacher – very clear, very patient, very encouraging. I was terrified at the beginning but was put at my ease immediately.’

2 thoughts on “Playwriting course at the Bike Shed Theatre with David Lane

  1. Hello

    I saw David Lane was doing a writer’s course in exeter. I missed it. Do you have his email so I can find when he might be doing another one?

    Many thanks

    Simon Hall

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