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Playpens: 1-to-1 Professional Development Sessions for Playwrights
Wed 17 May 2017
Playpens support playwrights with honest, constructive feedback from an experienced dramaturg and playwright. They’re 100-minute sessions that get to heart of your play and your writing process, providing you with detailed questions and a clear path towards your next draft

‘A lot of notes you often receive are simply what someone else would do with the material. David helps you turn a play into what it is supposed to be.’

Playpens support playwrights with honest, constructive feedback from experienced dramaturg and playwright David Lane. They’re 100-minute sessions that get to heart of your play and your writing process, providing you with detailed questions and a clear path towards your next draft.

‘I could clearly see the points in the script that needed work… reaching the rewriting stage almost felt like a natural transition and I knew exactly what to address.’

They’re run for first-time writers as well as professional playwrights working with companies like High Tide, Salisbury Playhouse, Graeae, Old Red Lion Theatre, BBC Radio and the Brockley Jack.

At the heart of a Playpen is a conversation that discusses the big picture of your play – its structure, intentions and content – as well as delving deep with a section-by-section consideration of the script.

To maximise the time spent together, writers receive a preparatory exercise to help David better understand how you see your play and your writing. He’ll then spend time reviewing these responses alongside your script, so he can closely tailor my feedback.

‘I feel much better equipped to tackle the next draft of my script.  I have a clearer idea of the areas that need strengthening: I now have a plan of action to get rewriting!’

At the end of the conversation consolidated guidance notes are worked out together, to help you progress to your next draft.

About: David has been working professionally as a dramaturg and playwright for fifteen years, reading scripts for the Royal Court, Soho Theatre, RSC, Old Vic New Voices and Theatre 503, among others. He’s initiated regional playwright development programmes and supported award-winning companies, writers and regional and national playwriting organisations: see more here.

‘Balanced, open-minded and open-hearted, full of encouragement and passionate about not only the craft but also people… David gives writers a sense of self-worth, of curiosity, inquisitiveness and passion to develop themselves and their craft.’

Read FAQs and more about booking a Playpen.

Anybody can sign up for a Playpen regardless of experience. Bookings can be made here.

David Lane: david@davidjohnlane.com

Playpens support playwrights with honest, constructive feedback from an experienced dramaturg and playwright. They’re 100-minute sessions that get to heart of your play and your writing process, providing you with detailed questions and a clear path towards your next draft.

www.davidjohnlane.com

www.davidjohnlane.com/dramaturgy/playpens

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