out those scripts
Many a time an unsure hand has scribbled something down on paper;
a thought, a line, an idea. It could perhaps be the beginning of
a story. Just as often these moments of inspiration have been put
away hastily into a cupboard, into a drawer, or even a word document
hidden away in an unnamed folder in a computer. Dramatic though
this may sound, the time has come for the original writer to come
out of the closet… And produce a play, maybe?
really thinks, ‘I am going to write a play’, says writer,
actor and director Delon Weerasinghe who spearheads the Playwriting
Workshop project. He conducts the scriptwriting modules, and later
on in the project acts as intermediary between writer, director
and actor. Only those who are already involved in the theatre circle
in some way attempt writing a play. Facts must be faced. What will
the writer do with a play? Produce it? With the cost of producing
a play today? And facing the competition of tried and tested plays
by established playwrights that most often dominate the local stage?
playwriting workshop is ready to take the first move to prompt,
prod and promote potential playwrights with a story to tell. Cushioning
the tumultuous ride of writing a play and ready to financially support
producing it, the workshop is geared towards encouraging new writers
to attempt writing plays.
too many years we have been reliant on foreign plays, says Delon.
Now, with the copyright issues squeezing us, perhaps it’s
a blessing in disguise. Maybe it’s time to figure out whether
you can write a play – and the upcoming playwriting workshop
may be just the place to do the ‘discovering’. The project
will be conducted through a series of workshops, arranged over a
period of six months. Writers who apply will be taken through an
‘ideas workshop’ and scriptwri-ting master class. Twenty
participants will be chosen for the workshop, of which the five
“most ready” scripts will go on to be produced at the
end of the series of workshops.
play is not simply a matter of being just a piece of literature,
says Delon. That is only a stage in the life of a play. A play is
born in the hands of the writer, the director comes in to nurture
and give direction and the actors give it life. Fittingly this workshop
series involve the input of directors and actors who are essential
to the making of the play.
project is supported by writeclique.net and the Namel Malini Punchi
Theatre. All information about the project and details for application
are available online. Visit www.writeclique.net/playwrights for
further information and to enroll. Entries close on July 1, 2004.
Your future as a playwright is only a click away…