Writing for Performance
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Upon completion of this subject, the student should be able to:
- Understand and identify a variety of writing styles.
- Apply conventions and methodologies of script structure, format and genre
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of evaluation, redrafting and editing in the scriptwriting process.
- Critically analyse diverse social and cultural contexts which influence writing for performance.
- Week 1 Introduction to writing for performance
- Week 2 Approaches to writing for performance in practice
- Week 3 Developing a script outline
- Week 4. Developing character & scenario
- Week 5 Introduction to dramaturgy and script development
- Week 6 Writing for community theatre and other public performance events
- Week 7 Diagnosing and solving script problems
- Week 8 Seeing the bigger picture: shaping the drama
- Week 9 Subscripts: writing between the lines
- Week 10 Discuss first draft scripts
- Week 11 Readings of next draft of Scripts
- Week 12 Readings
- Week 13 Final draft script due
No eligibility requirements
No additional requirements
This unit develops practical and creative skills in the craft of writing for performance. Through practical workshops, discussions, readings and dramaturgical sessions with the Unit Lecturer, you will explore a range of styles, genres, conventions, purposes and methodologies within writing for performance.
Approaches to character development, script structure, style, and diverse modes of performance writing will be explored, as well as the work of established writers.
The unit involves a practice-based development of skills, with a focus on writing for performance, dramaturgy, evaluating works-in-progress, and incorporating feedback.
- Treatment of Original Script (30%)
- Final draft script and reading. (30%)
- Class presentation: Life and works of a selected playwright (20%)
- Script Analysis (20%)
Current study term: 11 Jul 21 to 17 Oct 21
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