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

Traverse Theatre

Live workshop Tue 16 Feb

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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.

This is an interactive workshop, with the option to share your writing as part of the session, though this is not mandatory. All you will need to engage in the participatory element is a working microphone on the device you're using to access the workshop.

A recording of this Q&A will be available to purchase and watch following the live event.

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.


We ask that all participants in interactive live events, including Q&As and workshops, follow our Terms of Conduct to ensure a positive and inclusive experience for everyone involved.

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.

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Immediately after booking you'll receive an email from us confirming your place on the workshop. Then, an hour before the workshop, you'll receive an email from us containing your Zoom link to join the session.

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