Hannah Lavery: Writing Autobiographical Work for the Stage

Traverse Theatre

Live workshops Sat 27 Feb, Wed 3 Mar

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A workshop for writers who are interested in creating autobiographical work

This practical, hands-on workshop will guide participants in discussions on how drawing on your personal story can create powerful and meaningful work. Led by award-winning poet, playwright and performer, Hannah Lavery (The Drift, Lament for Sheku Bayoh) you'll learn writing prompts that can help you get your ideas down on paper. During the workshop Hannah will also discuss the risks and vulnerabilities of making work which draws upon your own experiences.

Taking place on Zoom, this interactive workshop can facilitate a maximum of 20 participants who will be able to be heard and seen throughout.

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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Meet the facilitator

Hannah Lavery

Hannah is an award-winning poet, playwright, performer and experienced workshop facilitator.

The Drift, her autobiographical play, was part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s season 2019 and Scotland’s Black History Month 2018 and 2019. In October 2020 she became an associate artist with the National Theatre of Scotland.

She directed and curated a poetry series Sorry I was on Mute for Fringe of Colour Digital Arts Festival 2020, as well as performing an extract of The Drift for the Festival.

Her recent play, Lament for Sheku Bayoh, commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre, was performed as a work in progress as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2019. In November the play was streamed live from the Lyceum stage in a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival.

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.

Choose Dates and Book

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.

Please see the FAQs below if you have additional questions.


    How many places are available on this workshop?

    There are 20 places available on this workshop.

    Where will this event take place?

    This event will take place on Zoom. You will need to have the most recent version of the Zoom app downloaded on your device to join the event.

    When will I get the event link?

    We’ll send the event link to the email address you used to make your booking one hour before the event begins. If you can’t find this email, please check your Junk folder then email boxoffice@traverse.co.uk

    Do I need any special equipment to take part in the workshop?

    You will need a smartphone, tablet or a computer with Zoom installed to join the event. During the event itself, you might find it useful to take notes, so have a notepad and pen on standby!

    Will I be visible or audible during the event?

    Yes, this workshop encourages active participation.

    Will the event be captioned?

    The event will be captioned using Zoom’s live captioning feature.

    I have a question which that answered here.

    Please email our team at boxoffice@traverse.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we’re able – please note that this may take up to 2 working days, but we’ll try to prioritise anything urgent.