Secret Life of a Character

Advanced playwriting course
Teacher: Pau Miró ,
From 16/07/2018 to 21/07/2018
From Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (Saturday: morning only)
350€ (lunch included)
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Total hours: 34


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Course description

Pau Miró, one of the best-consolidated Catalan playwrights, author of Un tret al cap, Victòria and Plou a Barcelona, is returning once more to the Beckett to teach an advanced course in playwriting, revolving around character construction.

Taking into account that, to construct a character, first of all we have to deconstruct it. As though in a scientific laboratory: observing its parts separately in order to get closer to the whole.

Based on the writing of dialogues, monologues and stage directions we will create various behaviours of a single individual depending on the sphere in which he or she is acting: private, public, family, underground, intimate, etc.

The challenge: to transmit our contradictions to the character, contradictions of any type: ideological, moral, ethical, etc.

The idea will be, ultimately, to reflect on the fertility of contradiction in playwriting as an indispensable pillar for creating a framework of internal coherence.

Note: apart from the generic timetable marked, it will be proposed to the participants to take part (optionally) in an extra session with a special timetable that will be decided once the workshop has begun.

Within the GREC 2017 Festival of Barcelona.

Pau Miró

Actor, playwright and director. He holds a degree in Acting from the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona (1998). He trained as a playwright at different seminars taught by Carles Batlle, Sergi Belbel, Xavier Albertí, José Sanchis Sinisterra and Javier Daulte, among others. In the field of playwriting and directing, his latest works are the adaptation of Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo (dir. Mario Gas. Naves del Matadero, Madrid, 2020), Eva contra Eva (dir. Sílvia Munt. Teatre Kursaal, Manresa, 2020), Una història real (La Villarroel, 2019), Un tret al cap (Sala Beckett, 2017. Premi de la Crítica Serra d’Or), Filla del seu pare (Teatre Lliure, 2017), Victòria (TNC, 2016), Terra Baixa (Festival Temporada Alta, 2014) and Dones com jo (Teatre Romea, 2014). He is also the author of Adiós a la infancia (a dramatic adaptation based on the main novels of Juan Marsé with directing by Oriol Broggi. Teatre Lliure, 2013) and Els Jugadors, which he also directs (Festival Temporada Alta, 2011, and Teatre Lliure, 2012). This text won the Butaca Prize for the best text of 2012. In addition, in Italy it was premiered to great success among both critics and audiences at the Teatro Piccolo in Milan in 2013 and he took the prestigious Ubú Prize for the best foreign text. During the 2008-2009 season he premiered La trilogia animal, of which he is author and director and for which he received the Theatre Critics of Barcelona Prize for the best text. In 2004 he premiered Plou a Barcelona at the Sala Beckett, under the direction of Toni Casares, a play that has been premiered around the world and, even today, almost twenty years after the premiere, it continues being represented.

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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