Writing Character for Stage Workshop
Saturday 16th September, 10.30-12noon BST
Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street, Aberdeen
Understanding character is the starting point for all dramatic storytelling. Creating and developing characters that will work on the stage and drive forward the action is a particular skill, one which playwright May Sumbwanyambe has honed during many innovative and successful productions. Whether you are an actor who wants to learn about writing for theatre or a writer who wants to find out more about creating dramatic characters, or a playgoer who is eager to discover how effective characterisation works, this is a great opportunity.
May Sumbwanyambe is a librettist, radio dramatist, academic and playwright from Edinburgh. Previous productions include Ghost Light, (Edinburgh International Festival and National Theatre of Scotland), Joseph Knight, (BBC Scotland, National Theatre of Scotland) After Independence (Arcola Theatre, Papatango Theatre) The Parrot House (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) as well as ‘After Independence’ and ‘The Trial of Joseph Knight' (BBC Radio 4). Most recently, his play Enough of Him (National Theatre of Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre co production) won three prestigious CAT awards. For WayWORD, May's workshop will focus on creating and developing character, based on the conviction that understanding character is essential for dramatic storytelling.