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Course

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

Advanced Seminar on Playwriting
Teacher: Ella Hickson ,
Dates
From 11/07/2019 to 13/07/2019
Timetable
Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (Saturday, only morning)
Price
200€
Language
English
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Total hours: 16h

Contact: obrador@salabeckett.cat

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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 is an award-winning writer whose work has been performed throughout the UK and abroad. Her play The Writer (Susan Smith Blackburn Shortlisted) opened at the Almeida Theatre in Spring 2019 and her new play Anna will open at The National Theatre in 2019. Oil played at the Almeida Theatre in 2016. In 2013/14 Wendy and Peter Pan, her version of Peter Pan, played at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other credits include Merlin (The Royal and Derngate, Northampton/Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), Boys (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), Decade (Headlong Theatre), The Authorised Kate Bane (Traverse Theatre), Rightfully Mine (Radio 4), Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios), Hot Mess (Arcola Tent) and Eight (Trafalgar Studios). In 2011 Ella was the Pearson Writer in residence at the Lyric Hammersmith and she received the 2013 Catherine Johnson Award. Ella has twice been a MacDowell fellow and once the Thornton Wilder Fellow. She has spent time at Dora Maar and Hawthornden Residencies.

She is currently developing new work for The Old Vic, The Globe and Manhattan Theatre Club. Ella is also writing various projects for TV and film. She recently wrote a page one rewrite of female-lead thriller The Rhythm Section for Reed Morano and adapted Matt Haig’s book Echo Boy for Studio 8. She is currently writing an episode of Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected for Ink Factory and the BBC.

Important information

Admission to the course will be based on order of arrival and CV assessment, which should be sent (with photograph included), filling in the form on the right.

Places on courses are limited. Places will be reserved once the course amount has been paid. Payment must be made within one week of receiving the corresponding acceptance email.

The dates indicated for each course or seminar may be subject to variations in exceptional circumstances. These will be notified when applicable.

For the course to take place, a minimum number of students must be registered. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the student will have the option of registering for a different course (providing that there are places available) or alternatively will receive a refund of the amount paid (100%). If a student withdraws, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be applicable, providing that written notice is given at least 10 days before the start of the course.

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