360 Scriptwriting Festival 2011

Posted on 5 January 2011 in Dramaturgy


WHO IS IT FOR? Workshops and talks for people interested in making a living from script writing in TV, Radio, Film or Theatre.

WHEN? Wednesday 26th until Friday 28th of January 2011

Workshops will take place during the day with a social event on Friday evening between 6-8pm

WHERE? Studio One, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast


Wednesday 26th January RADIO DAY  
 1.30 – 4.30pm MASTERCLASS and WORKSHOP  Kate Rowland, the Creative Director, New Writing, Commissioner of the Wire on R3 and previous Head of Radio Drama will give a masterclass in Radio Drama. Listen to exerts of a diverse variety of plays ranging from ‘as live’ to monologue and get started on writing your own radio play. 25 Places  – if your play is chosen you need to be available Thursday and Friday to redraft, rehearse and record your play EXPERIENCE :
An opportunity to hear Dough Lucie’s radio play which satirise our obsession with weddings and happy-ever-afters. Emma and Richard’s wedding day arrives – will it go without the proverbial ‘hitch’?10 places
5 – 7pm TALK Doug Lucie is an acclaimed dramatist and playwright who has written successfully for stage, TV and radio.  With a razor-sharp observation and ready wit Doug’s voice is one which chronicles and exposes the hypocrisies and obsessions of our time with passion and humour. He will be sharing his experience writing for radio and telling you how he thinks it shouldn’t be done. To help your own writing he is going to give you an insight into how he constructs a scene. All food for thought for the scripts you are working on whatever the medium.100 Places  
Thursday 27th of January THEATRE DAY  
11-1pm TALK What happens now you’ve finished that play? How do you target your work towards production? How do you find support in developing it? How can you manage your career? Sarah Dickenson, Senior Reader at Soho Theatre, will talk about the work and vision of Soho Theatre and Writers’ Centre, the Verity Bargate Award, Soho’s national competition for the best new play by an emerging writer, and more widely on approaches to professional development for playwrights within the UK theatre landscape.100 Places 10.00 the 360 radio drama writers need to hand in a hardcopy of their script.
2 – 4pm WORKSHOP An in-depth and practical look at writing characters for the stage. We will look at how far you can take your characters and the theatrical space they inhabit. We will look at different approaches, angles and tricks of the trade. A workshop with Soho and Tinderbox theatre. 30 places EXPERIENCE: EVERYTHING BETWEEN US An opportunity to see David Ireland’s hit play from 2010 on DVD with a Q&A session with Tinderbox Artistic Director Michael Duke. 10 places
5 – 6.30pm OPEN NOTE The announcement of the 4 radio scripts which will be recorded with actors on Friday with a masterclass style note session for the 4 writers preparing them for the writing their 2nd draft.30 places  
Friday 28th of January TV DRAMA  
 10.30 am – 12.30 pm TALK What Is A Drama Series?.With John Yorke Controller, BBC Drama Production. John oversees the long-runners, as well as executive producing single dramas. As Head of New Talent John also created and runs the BBC Writers Academy the first full-time training course for new writers in the UK that guarantees primetime television commissions.100 places Rehearsal and recording of the 360 radio plays with professional actors will take place during the day.If you are one of the lucky people who have been selected to record your radio plays look out for information on your recording slot sometime between 10 am and 5pm.
2 – 4 pm WORKSHOP Create a series together. Run by John Yorke this is a practical workshop that will give you a chance to practice pulling together the essential elements of a drama series.30 places.  
6 – 8pm 360 RADIO PLAYS Premiere & upcoming opportunities in Radio, TV & Theatre.We will hear the four newly recorded short radio pieces with drinks and nibbles.This will also be a chance to Network with Industry people.  

HOW TO BOOK! The workshops are free. There is a limited number of places so please book early by contacting Bronagh Taylor on Bronagh.Taylor@bbc.co.uk or call on 02890 338 845.

Please state clearly which workshops you are interested in. When a workshop or talk is full we will keep a waiting list.

360º is an annual festival of inspiring and professional workshops offering craft skills and industry knowledge across the different mediums: TV, Screen, Radio and Theatre. The festival is one of the best opportunities through the year to meet likeminded and industry people in Belfast.

The festival is organised by BBC Drama Northern Ireland and Tinderbox Theatre Company

PS.  And don’t forget that the deadline for Primetime is 14th February. GET WRITING!!