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Creative Writing: Writing for Theatre

Bring your ideas to life for performance. Whether it’s an amateur dramatics production, a school play, or a submission for professional theatre, original work and new writing for performance opens up so many possibilities. This short course will help you realise your ideas from page to stage. You will explore how to structure and form your play, how to work with the visual language of theatre, and how to create dialogue and action.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

How do you form your play? – Get started with structure, scene, and visualisation.
Who are my audience? – How to reach people with your language.
How do I go about writing scenes that work? – Workshopping, the writer in the rehearsal room, getting a work ‘on its feet’.
How do I get my work performed? – Make the right approach to a company, attract attention to your work, apply for funding.

Who is the course aimed at?

Are you a new voice for the theatre? Do you think that you can represent an idea in performance that will speak to people? New writing for the theatre is in great demand. This course will help those with limited or extensive experience to bring their ideas to life and develop new work for performance. If you are devoting your spare time, study, or career to the theatre and performing arts and you want explore new skills in writing then this is the course for you.

Who will be my tutor?

Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm is an experienced author and editor. She is published in her own right and has worked as an editor and writer for others. Her freelance work and commissions include non-fiction works on Jane Austen and Shakespeare, and scripts for children’s theatre and animation. For over fifteen years she worked in Higher Education teaching Drama, Theatre, and Design for Performance. She has worked as playwright with the children’s theatre company Moon On A Stick for four years.

How will I learn?

There will be structured sessions and step-by-step guidance to cover the material. The tutor will provide examples and instruction, some of which will be tailored to suit individual students’ specific requirements. In addition, the final two sessions will be devoted to workshopping elements of students’ material to test it in a performance/rehearsal situation. Students will be asked to assist one another and collaborate with read-throughs.

Are there any additional costs?

Your tutuor will advise on recommended texts, subscriptions for writing journals and magazines which you may wish to purchase.`

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Writing materials or tablet/laptop if you prefer

What else do I need to know?

This is a short course with a specific goal to help students achieve certain skills in a specific form of writing. Other Writing courses are on offer so do make enquiries of staff to see what’s right for you.
When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.


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