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How to Begin Playwriting Spring 2020

How to Begin Playwriting Spring 2020

Tue 14 Janaury - Tue 23 March 2020 (excluding Tue 18 February)
6.30pm - 8.30pm each week
Clore Learning Centre, £500 | £350

A ten-week course led by Jennifer Farmer which will give an insight into approaches to begin playwriting.

This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques.

This course is now fully booked and applications are closed. 

Concession prices are reserved for senior citizens and students. Bursaries are available for this course; they are likely to cover between 10% and 25% of the total course cost and are assessed on a case by case basis.

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Jennifer Farmer is a playwright, librettist and theatre-maker who writes extensively with/for marginalised communities and underrepresented voices.  Her work includes: Looking At the Sun (BAC Opera Season, 2001), clean (BBC Radio 3, 2003), Compact Failure (Clean Break, Arcola Theatre and national tour, 2004), 270° (Paines Plough, Young Vic, 2004), A Million Different People (BBC Radio 4, 2005), words, words, words (Tricycle Theatre, 2006), Bulletproof Soul (Birmingham Rep, 2007), Stutter (Hotbed Festival, 2008), Urban Dreams (London Bubble, 2008), These Four Streets (Birmingham Rep, 2009), Truth or Dare (Belgrade Theatre, 2012 and 2017), Eating Our Words (Camden People’s Theatre, 2012), Waltzing Tomatoes (Ithaca Gallery, USA, 2013 and international festivals), City Final (site-specific, Belgrade Theatre, 2018) and Between Constellations (Pittsburgh Festival Opera, July 2018 and Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre, London, August 2018).

Current projects include How Far Apart, a new commission by Utopia Theatre and supported by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Oxford, which explores the impact racial bias has on Black women’s experience of childbirth.  The play will tour nationally 2020 and Jennifer’s other plays are published by Oberon Books, Josef Weinberger Plays, Samuel French, the International Centre for Women Playwrights and BRAND literary magazine. 

Currently an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and Central School of Speech and Drama, Jennifer has lectured at Kingston University, the University of Greenwich and London South Bank University and has facilitated workshops some of the UK’s leading theatres and arts/culture organizations, including the National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Royal Court Theatre and the Victoria and Albert Museum.