With Hilary Bell
14 June - 2 August 2017
Planting new ideas for playwriting
Sometimes you’re hungry to start writing a play but can’t find the way into your subject. Or maybe you’ve got the itch to write, but no ideas for content. This course is a frolicsome adventure using a different ‘found object’ each week as an entry point into a new play. Objects could include a mysterious photograph, a household item, a myth or fairy tale, a piece of music, an anonymous letter…who knows? All that’s certain is that by the end of the course, you’ll have the kernels of several new plays ready to develop.
Led by esteemed Australian playwright Hilary Bell, this eight-week long course is designed for playwrights at any stage – from brand-new to experienced. All you need is an open mind and a sense of adventure.
Hilary’s plays include Wolf Lullaby, Memmie Le Blanc, Fortune, The Splinter and Paul Capsis’ Angela’s Kitchen (assoc. writer). She has worked with theatre companies around Australia including Griffin, the STC, Black Swan in WA and State Theatre in SA, as well as the National in London and the USA’s Steppenwolf and Atlantic. Hilary has taught dramatic writing at New York University, The University of the South and Wesleyan University. She has been teaching for Griffin since 2005, as well as at NIDA and ATYP. She is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard School and a member of playwrights’ company 7-ON.