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Artist-in-residence Sarah Grochala specializes in playwriting, dramaturgy and contemporary British theatre. She is a multi-award winning playwright and an associate artist with the theatre company Headlong.
She originally trained as actress at Drama Centre and worked extensively in theatre and television. Her major roles included Jo March in Little Women (Duchess WE, 2004-05) and Pope Joan in Thea Sharrock’s production of Top Girls (BAC, 2000).
Sarah trained as a playwright with David Edgar at Birmingham University.
This playwriting workshop for a maximum of 12 participants will focus on how character can be created through the stories that characters tell and the ways that they tell them.
The first session will focus on creating a character monologue. Through a series of practical writing exercises, participants will create a dramatic character based on a person from their own lives. They will explore dramatic action through thinking about what their character wants and the tactics they would use to get it. They will explore character dialogue through thinking about the range of vocabulary and imagery their character might use and the rhythms that would inform the way they speak. They will explore the ways in which the character’s everyday world shapes their behavior. They will explore character motivation through asking where, when and why their character is telling their story. They will explore characterization through examining the gap between the truth of the story and the story that the character actually wants to tell.
Participants will start to work on character monologue in the first session. They will then work on the monologue independently and bring a draft of the monologue to the second session.
In the second session, participants will share their monologues with the group and be given constructive feedback on how make to them even better.