Fireworks – Young Writers Programme

FIREWORKS

If you are an aspiring stage writer between 18 and 25 check out our Young Writers Programme: FIREWORKS

Fireworks takes a select group of young writers through the process of writing a stage play from idea through rehearsals to a performance draft.

Participants gets to see their work performed in a rehearsed reading in front of an audience.

The programme consists of skills workshops, seeing work, reading and analysing plays and writing a 10 minute piece, through several drafts. There will be a development workshop with professional actors before the final draft is written, and the script is then rehearsed and presented. The focus is at all times to prepare the writers for writing for the professional stage.

 

FIREWORKS 2014

The deadline for Fireworks 2014 will be Thursday 1st of May.

If you want to apply for the programme, please make sure you are available for the dates set so far:

Skill session 1: Sunday 1st of June 12 noon to 4pm

Skills session 2: Thursday 5th of June 5.30pm – 8.30pm

1st Draft deadline: 27th of June 1pm

You need to be available during The Pick n Mix Festival to see a number of performances. Pick n Mix 2014 take place 28th – 30th of June at the MAC

Skills session 3: Wednesday 2nd July, 5.30 – 8.30pm

Skills session 4: Thursday 3rd July, 5.30 – 8.30pm

2nd Draft deadline: Friday 22nd August 1pm

Workshopping with actors: Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of August.

Final Draft Deadline TBC

Rehearsals and Showcase TBC

 

THE PROGRAMME

SKILL SESSIONS ONE AND TWO
 - We explore how we tell stories in a 3 dimensional space; characters, structure, space, time and how to take the first decisions about your own play.

WRITING 1st DRAFT
 - Get your ideas and your story down on paper.

SKILL SESSIONS THREE AND FOUR
 - We will be analysing scripts and staging decisions, and looking at how to complete the script through a process of rewriting. After this session you will also have one-on-one time with us to get feed back specific to your script.

WRITING 2nd DRAFT - Taking into consideration all you have learned and any feedback given, carefully rework your play so it is ready for the actors.

SKILL SESSION WITH ACTORS
 - A full day using actors working with the scripts on the floor, testing them out and getting feedback from the performers. Learning about what does and does not work in your scripts.

WRITING THE FINAL DRAFT
 - Your final chance to hone your play having learned from the actors exploring your text. It is time for the production draft!

REHEARSAL AND SHOWCASE
 - Professionally produced rehearsed reading for a specially invited audience

 

HOW TO APPLY

Look at the dates outlined for the Fireworks sessions for 2014 and make sure you can attend on them.

Your application should include:

- 2 pages of dialogue from a script you have already written. If you have never written a script before please contact Hanna at the e-mail below, for further guidance.

- A one or two page outline detailing a bit about yourself, why you are interested in taking part of Fireworks and your writing experience so far.

Please submit your application either in hardcopy to ‘Fireworks’, Tinderbox Theatre Company, 72 High Street, Belfast BT1 2BE

Or via e-mail to hanna.slattne@tinderbox.org.uk. If you submit via e-mail, please make sure you only send word or pdf documents and ensure your application reaches us by 1pm.

The programme is free of charge and we will accept up to 6 participants this year.

If you have any questions about the programme or how to apply contact Hanna Slattne at hanna.slattne@tinderbox.org.uk

 

 

Script workshop with actors

Script workshop with actors