Stage Right Playwriting Workshop 2017


“A great play can only come out of a great script. It takes a special talent to write a great script. And it takes an even more special kind of talent to turn a great script into a heap of garbage on stage.”
- Kevin Spacey

 

Applications for our 2016 Intake has ended! Stay tuned for our 2017 edition! 

Are you between the ages of 14 and 25 and have a story to tell, and are hungry for an opportunity to tell it? Do you think you have what it takes to turn your story into a brilliant script for a brilliant play? In other words, DO YOU WANT TO BE A PLAYWRIGHT?

As part of the Pangdemonium-DBS NextGen Education Programme to nurture young talents, the STAGE RIGHT Workshop will provide you with the tools to turn your story into a script that will be entertaining, enthralling, and enlightening – everything that good theatre should be!

Under the guidance and mentorship of Workshop Director Stephanie Street – a Singaporean who has worked as an actress and playwright in the UK for over 20 years, and is Literary Associate with the UK’s HighTide Festval Theatre – you will learn all about narrative structure, scene construction, character creation, dialogue development, and everything about writing great drama!

From your invaluable experience on our STAGE RIGHT Workshop, you will then have the next few months to develop your script, and at the end of the year, your scripts will be further workshopped with professional actors, and then showcased in staged readings in front of an audience!


Some feedback from a few aspiring playwrights who attended our inaugural Stage Right Workshop in 2015:

“Stage Right kickstarted my foray into playwriting, and has been a thoroughly enriching creative experience; the guidance of Steph, our workshop director, has provided me with valuable tools that I now wield every time I pick up pen and paper to write.” – Samantha Tan

“This course really helped us workshop our scripts, collaborating with a group, getting feedback, hearing other people read your lines. It was an invaluable experience because you realise how other people are making linkages and connections in different ways than you did on paper. It was amazing to learn how much can be done in this kind of creative space rather than just being stuck in your own mind.” – Annabel Tan

“Pangdemonium’s Stage Right workshop was a very hands-on, very challenging experience. The biggest thing I learned about script writing was daring to change – change of perspective, change of characters, maybe even changing your entire original script, but you can eventually end up with a really good script!” – Akeylah Rivero


Stephanie Street – Workshop Mentor

Stephanie was born and grew up in Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University before going on to train on a scholarship at LAMDA.

As a playwright, Stephanie’s first play, Sisters, was produced at the Sheffield Crucible in 2010 to critical acclaim (“fascinating, jaw-dropping candour” – The Guardian). Stephanie’s bold adaptation of Wuthering Heights played at West End’s Ambassadors Theatre in 2015. She has a number of projects in development, including a new play about young people in London and the 2011 riots, entitled Little Fish; and another new play about epilepsy and the NHS, The Downs, which was presented at the HighTide Festival.

Her theatre work has taken her from the National Theatre to the Royal Court, The Bush, Sheffield Crucible, Liverpool Everyman and Bristol Old Vic, working with directors such as Peter Gill, Max Stafford-Clark, Rufus Norris, Josie Rourke,Tamara Harvey, Mike Longhurst, Polly Findlay, Iqbal Khan, Nina Raine and Simon Reade. In 2011, she received a whatsonstage Awards nomination for Best Solo Performance for Nightwatchman at the National Theatre. In 2015 she was nominated for the Arts and Culture Award in the Asian Women of Achievements Awards.

Stephanie has also worked extensively in television, playing regular and lead roles in series across BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

Stephanie is co-founder of THE ACT FOR CHANGE PROJECT, a Selector for the National Student Drama Festival and a trustee of Shakespeare North.


If you wish to support us or find out more about the Pangdemonium-DBS NextGen Education Programme, please email workshops@pangdemonium.com.