Disowning Theatre

Advanced Playwriting Workshop for Playwrights, Directors and Actors.
Teacher: Tim Crouch ,
From 07/02/2022 to 09/02/2022
Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Total hours: 12h (3 sessions)


Course description

Emancipation begins…
when we dismiss the opposition
between looking and acting.
Jacques Rancière

An offer to writers, directors and actors – and theatre-artists who identify as none of the above – to think less about ourselves and more about our dear friend the audience.

To think about how we abuse them, stupefy them, trick them, dupe them, overwhelm them, ignore them, infantilise them. How we charge them the price of a weekly food bill and then feed them cult versions of themselves in shiny sealed boxes.

This offer is a gentle provocation towards finding a de-materialised theatre – one that thinks about its live audience as co-instigator, co-author and collaborator. We’ll return to the roots and work upwards, thinking about form, words, pictures and performance. We’ll write and work in time and space. We’ll think about how, in this capitalist culture, we can dismantle our fixation on ownership and virtuosity – and find theatre again by giving it all away.

Tim Crouch

Tim is an Obie award-winning playwright, director and theatre-maker. He was an actor before starting to write and he still performs in much of his work. Plays include the illustrated Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation (National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Court and tour), Superglue (National Theatre Connections), I, Cinna (the poet) (Royal Shakespeare Company and Unicorn Theatre, London), Beginners (Unicorn Theatre, London), Adler & Gibb (Royal Court and tour), The Author (Royal Court and tour), An Oak Tree (Traverse Theatre, National Theatre, Off-Broadway and tour), I, Malvolio (Brighton Festival and tour), ENGLAND – a play for galleries (Traverse Theatre/The Fruitmarket Gallery and tour) Shopping for Shoes (National Theatre schools tour) and My Arm (Traverse Theatre and tour).

As a director: House Mother Normal (Brighton Festival), Peat (Ark, Dublin), Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore (Unicorn Theatre, London), The Complete Deaths (Spymonkey/Brighton Festival and tour), The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Tim created and co-wrote Don’t Forget the Driver, a six-part series for BBC2, which won Best TV Comedy at the Venice TV awards, 2019.

Other awards include: Writers Guild of Great Britain, Best Play for Young Audiences (Beginners); John Whiting Award, Total Theatre Award (The Author); Scotsman Fringe First, Total Theatre & Herald Archangel Awards (ENGLAND), Brian Way Award (Shopping for Shoes); Prix Italia for Best Adaptation in Radio Drama (My Arm).

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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.