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Writing for the Stage

Tutor: Gary Mepsted
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next date: Saturday workshop 17 February 2018




Writing for the stage, whether for your local am-dram group or a London theatre, can be an exhilarating experience, one that will test your creative mettle with regard to story structure and, of course, the creation of characters who speak/behave convincingly and possess the necessary emotional/psychological matrix to make them truly come alive. 

This workshop will help prepare you for the writing your first play, or provide advice and feedback on any pre-existing work. The focus of the day will be on the writing of a full length play, i.e., one that runs to at least ninety minutes. We’ll look at all aspects of the dramatist’s art from the technical to the artistic: how many acts, number of settings and characters, how much time should your story ideally cover - in fact everything you need to know to make a strong and positive start. 


About the tutor

Gary  has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and has taught many writing-related courses. He appears regularly on radio, reviewing and discussing literature. His own writing includes the novel, stage play, radio and TV drama and journalism. He is also a film/theatre director and occasional actor.


It has given me direction - I've started writing a novel.  And it has increased my confidence. Gary was better that any creative writing teacher I've come into contact with. Richard

I want to write as a career so really pleased that this course has encouraged me to write regularly.  Glenda

A great course that was well structured with plenty of constructive comment and new challenges. A real lifeline but it's over too quick! Jane

Gary pitches the difficulty level a bit beyond what you think you can manage, so you keep improving. Jo

Received lots of enthusiasm from a great teacher.  Philomena