ADVANCES IN SCRIPTWRITING
Dates: Thursdays, 27 April - 8 June 2017 and Wednesday 14 June 2017
Duration: One evening a week for 8 Weeks
Hours of work: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Please note there are no RADA scholarships available for short courses.
OverviewStephen Jeffreys has been teaching Advances in Scriptwriting annually at RADA for over a decade. His classes provide original approaches to essential techniques including making a scene, subtext, use of different timelines, structure and there is a high level of imaginative but accessible class exercises, with minimal homework.
Previous participants have included:
- Nick Payne
- Lolita Chakrabarti
- Hassan Abdulrazzak
- Steve Thompson
- Anders Lustgarten
Please note: this is not a beginners' class. It is aimed at writers who have had one or two of their films/plays produced, or are having serious interest shown in their work by producers or agents. Your application must be accompanied by evidence of serious consideration of one of your full-length scripts by a producing company or literary agent (very specifically requesting to be sent a copy of your next script) plus a copy of the script itself.
Biography Stephen has been writing since 1977, working with companies including Paines Plough, Out of Joint, the RSC, Hampstead Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago), and Sydney Theatre Company. His plays include:
- Carmen 36
- The Clink
- The Jovial Crew
- Hard Times
- Valued Friends
- A Going Concern
- I Just Dropped By to See the Man
- Lost Land
- The Convicts' Opera
He also co-wrote the screenplay for Backbeat, and a film version of The Libertine starred Johnny Depp and John Malkovitch. For over a decade Stephen was Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre and continues to sit on its Board of Management. The Literary Associate was effectively the personal dramaturg to the Royal Court’s most valued playwrights – in Stephen’s time these included Jez Butterworth, Martin Crimp, Terry Johnson, Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh, Winsome Pinnock, and Timberlake Wertenbaker.