Generating Material: A Workshop and Q&A with Simon Stephens - Recording

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In this exclusive workshop, award-winning playwright Simon Stephens will share a series of exercises that he uses to get him writing and talk about the process of how he generates material.

Participants will come away with an arsenal of tools to get them writing, with a particular focus on how to create characters and character relationships.

Simon then answers questions from 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.

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About Simon Stephens

The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Simon Stephens is one of the UK’s most prolific current playwrights, whose work has been produced around the world and includes the multi-award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. His adaptation of Blindess by Jose Saramago for the Donmar Warehouse was performed for a physical audience in August 2020, when Covid-19 regulations allowed.

He has written more than 20 original works for the stage, including Fortune, Maria, Nuclear War, Rage, Fatherland (with Karl Hyde and Frantic Assembly), Song from Far Away (with Mark Eitzel), Birdland, Blindsided, Carmen Disruption, Morning, Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge), The Trial of Ubu, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Marine Parade (with Mark Eitzel), Harper Regan, Motortown, On the Shore of the Wide World, Country Music, Christmas, Port, One Minute, Herons, Bluebird.

His adaptations include new English language versions of Jon Fosse’s I Am The Wind, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Odon von Horvath’s Kasimir and Karoline (re-titled The Funfair), and Ivo van Hove and Jan Peter Gerrit’s adaptation of Visconti’s Ossessione.

Simon is an Associate at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and Professor of Scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Generating material workshop - Exercise sheet

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