Should a script be a blueprint for production or is it only a starting point to be developed by a director? Looking in detail at the craft of dialogue and the use of theatrical technique we ask how much space should you leave in a script and how can that space be controlled if it should be controlled at all?
The session will involve debate over the theoretical questions and also include writing exercises, character development and scene work – allowing writers to develop ideas that are already under way or offering some strong provocations to those at the beginning of a new project.
Ella Hickson burst onto the theatre scene in 2008 with her debut play Eight, which won a Fringe First, The Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award. Eight went on to tour in New York and at London’s Trafalgar Studios. Other credits include Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios) Soup (The Traverse Theatre) and Hot Mess (Latitude Festival and The Arcola Tent). Ella also writes for radio and TV and is currently under commission on a number of original drama projects.
Ella’s new play Boys will also make its London debut at the Soho Theatre in May 2012, following its premiere at the High Tide Festival in 2011.