From Theme to Scene: A Workshop and Q&A with Ella Hickson - Recording

Traverse Theatre

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This is a recording of a live event, so bookers won't be able to participate in the Q&A section of the event. Bookers will be able to view the recording on demand for a period of 7 days following their purchase.

A workshop for writers who want to dive into the details of scene structure.

Acclaimed playwright Ella Hickson (Anna, Swive, Oil) leads a conversational masterclass on how to tackle big ideas by breaking them down into small, achievable chunks. Ella will dive into scene structure, big themes and explore the link between the two, for an informal and - hopefully informative - session that deals with the macro and micro.

Bring an idea and an enthusiasm to discuss structure. The session will be conversational as well as containing practical writing exercises, followed by a Q&A with the live event audience..

This event is part of our First Stages Festival - a celebration of storytelling and playwriting.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.


Meet the facilitator

Ella Hickson

Ella is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed throughout the UK and abroad. Her recent play Anna, a sonic collaboration with Ben and Max Ringham, opened at the National Theatre in Spring, 2019. Other theatre includes; Swive(2019) at The Globe, TheWriter (2018) and Oil (2016) at The Almeida Theatre, Wendy and Peter Pan (2015) at The Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a member of the Royal Society of Literature, a MacDowell Fellow and recipient of The Catherine Johnson Award. She is developing new work with The Old Vic, Tim Minchin and The National Theatre. Ella is also developing a TV series with Warp Pictures and a feature with Vikarious Productions.


How do I access the event when I've booked?

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How long do I have access for?

You can watch the event recording on demand, as many times as you would like, for a period of 7 days after you make your purchase.

Is the recording captioned?

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