Last weekend, I was invited to run a two hour Dialogue workshop at the wonderful Wolverhampton Lit Fest in the Art Gallery.
We explored the different uses of dialogue in screen, stage and audio drama, and discussed the main functions of dialogue: to reveal character, their motivation, and their relationships with other characters; to move the plot on; and to deliver exposition and backstory.
Participants used various exercises to help discover their character’s voice, and we looked at the nature of subtext and the factors that help create it. Using free writing, we reflected on how context, world, motivation, status, audience, tone, pace, juxtaposition, and jargon can influence dialogue, and devices like repetition, interruption, echoing, overlapping and silence were discussed.
Thanks to all attendees – I enjoyed your company, and hope you found mine useful!
All you have to do is complete BOLDtext Playwrights’ quick 10-question survey about our shows to help us develop our programme of work. Our own Stephen Jackson’s Roller Diner was showcased at The REP and went on to win the Verity Bargate Award. It had a fantastic run at the Soho Theatre, and I’m incredibly proud of my mate Steve.
Click on the link to do our two minute survey. Please complete before November 15th so we can get cracking with our planning. Thank you!
Our next BOLDtext show is brewing – 8pm Monday 8th January 2018 at The REP, followed by our ridiculously popular Unwanted Christmas Present Swap. Save the date and see the BOLDtext website for more info.
Your news is fake. Mine is REAL. Your truth, your reality, your version of the world is wrong. Because mine is RIGHT. Isn’t it…? On September 19th, BOLDtext return for another season of Open Door at the Birmingham Rep with Fake Times – four short plays that ponder how to get real and counter today’s culture of lies.
The Offer by Liz John – Chris desperately needs a new start, but is this an offer he can accept? (more…)
Now the hard work begins! Following a wonderful showcase, with excellent and thoughtful direction by Caroline Frewin and fab performances from Lily Eliza, Oli Leonard, Phoebe Cresswell and Dru Stephenson – all of whom also generously fed back to me during several workshops – I’ve been developing the play further. Thanks to everyone who attended the showcase, particularly the students from BOA who also gave me invaluable feedback from a young audience point of view.
I’m really excited about the piece, and I’ll keep you posted on its progress. Watch this space! Read our showcase blog at https://boldtextcollective.wordpress.com/
On Monday 22nd May 2017 at 8pm, BOLDtext Playwrights present another in their Doubled Up series, showcasing extracts of major new work from myself and Julia Wright at Birmingham Rep. After that, you can catch up with my work by tuning into BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.
Zoe is fighting for the planet. James yearns for a career. Kat needs her sister to be ok. Ella just wants it all. But no-one is listening – so now it’s time to make a stand. Can the fiery enthusiasm of youth overcome the cynical politics of today’s Britain? A challenging, acerbic tale of conflicting ambition in the 21st Century.
Liz’s work ‘shone out as a masterpiece of compression’ – LichfieldLive (about ‘Perversion of Science’)
Come along and catch extracts of these two plays-in-progress at 8pm on Monday 22nd May as part of The REP’s Open Door season. Tickets are FREE to book but it’s best to reserve in advance. We ask you to pay-what-you-can on the night (we’ll rattle a bucket on the way out).
Rep Box Office 0121 236 4455 Mon-Sat 10-7pm
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