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Starting to write

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out” – Alfred Hitchcock

Starting to Write

There is no science to finding out what is a good subject for a play or a piece of theatre. The best thing is to go out and stimulate your imagination. Make discoveries through watching and listening to what is around you and what is tucked away in the back of your mind.

Task: Go to a public place and listen to the conversations around you. Try to capture a conversation word for word. Aim to write down as much as can, at least two sides of A4. Public transport is always good  for overhearing people – trains, buses or trams or you could try cafes, waiting rooms or bars.

When you get home have a look at the dialogue you’ve got. Which bits make you ask questions when you read them? How could you edit it, change or add material to it to make it into a scene? Imagine that you want to write this scene in a way which will draw your audience. Think about how this scene might start to tell a story.

When you’ve written your scene, either post it on our website or invite some friends to perform it with you, film it and post it onto our website. You can share it with other people and discuss it.

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