How can theatrical form react to / represent a globalised world – and should it?

Advanced Seminar on Playwriting
Teacher: Ella Hickson ,
From 11/07/2019 to 13/07/2019
Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (Saturday, only morning)
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Total hours: 16h


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Course description

The author of The Writer, considered one of the best British plays of the last season, proposes the exploration of whether new theatrical forms are necessary or something solid exists in the Greek dramatic principles that have survived since the times of Aristotle.

Aristotelian principles suggest that unity of time, place and action create the most ‘effective’ theatrical work. Does this still apply in a polyphonous, globalised world where the majority of human interaction occurs in technological rather than physical space?

Can the stage accommodate a split focus? Can plays hold different languages? Is a single protagonist, built around a coherent sense of character, no longer representative of a generation who feel their identities are constantly in flux? How does technology influence theatre? How should it be represented? How best is it dealt with? How does it affect form, language and dramatic action?

This workshop will investigate whether new theatrical forms are needed for a new world or whether there is something robust about the principals that have lasted since the Greeks that make them impervious to change.

Ella Hickson

Ella Hickson is an award-winning writer whose work has been performed throughout the UK and abroad. SWIVE, which she codirected, played at Shakespeare’s Globe in December 2019. Anna, which she co-created with Natalie Abrahami and Ben and Max Ringham, opened at The National Theatre in Spring 2019. The Writer played at The Almeida in 2019 and Oil played at The Almeida in 2017. Productions of The Writer are planned for New York’s Public Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and it is currently playing at The Staatstheatre, Hannover. Wendy and Peter Pan, her 2015 hit for The Royal Shakespeare Company, will open in Norway, Canada and Japan in 2020. Ella is a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature and three-time MacDowell Fellow. She teaches on The University of Oxford Creative Writing Mst. She is director of Tantrums Productions, which has produced work at Trafalgar Studios, PS122 – New York, and The Ringling International Arts Festival. She is developing new work for The National Theatre, The Old Vic and Manhattan Theatre Club. She is also developing new work for TV and Film.

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