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How to write compelling plays w/ Rob Drummer, Associate Dramaturg, Bush Theatre

  • May 27, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Shooting Star pub

Are you writing for the stage? This talk is for you.

I'm delighted to confirm that our guest speaker is Rob Drummer, Associate Dramaturg, of the Bush Theatre. Rob will be giving a short talk, followed by Q&A, to illuminate us all on the essence of writing compelling stories and engaging audiences.

During his talk, Rob will talk about:

  • Where do we start writing from?
  • What inspires the stories we tell?
  • How do we use playwriting to start a conversation with an audience?

He's also happy to answer any questions about playwriting, writing for London theatres, getting your scripts in front of the right people and much, much more. I'm certain this will be an inspiring talk for all writers, not just playwrights, so I really hope you can all join in. Please spread the word amongst other playwriting groups/friends too.

Guest speaker: Rob Drummer is Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre.  He has developed numerous productions, most recently Free Falling Bird (Bush Theatre), Home (National Theatre), Responsible Other (Hampstead Theatre), Eisteddfod (HighTide, Latitude) Endless Poem (London 2012 Festival), and Perish (HighTide Festival 2012).

As a director he has made work at Contact, Manchester, York Theatre Royal, Manchester Museum, and Theatre503.  He has an M.A. in advanced theatre practice from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and assisted Athol Fugard on his play The Train Driver. Rob was recently funded through Arts Council England and the British Council on their Artists’ International Development Fund and spent time in South Africa working as a director and developing new writing workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg.  He was commissioned as a visual artist for the Wandsworth Arts Festival in 2011 and has curated the annual Collisions Festival at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Cost: £10 per person. Please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. Refunds will only be offered if the meetup is cancelled.

Location: The Shooting Star is less than 5mins walk from Liverpool Street station, on the central Line.

Directions: Take the Bishopsgate exit from the main rail concourse, cross the road, turn right at Dirty Dicks pub onto Middlesex Street. The pub is just a few minutes down on the right-hand side and we meet in the function room downstairs.

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  • Jennifer

    Hi Lisa, sadly I won't make it this eve after all, I understand about no refunds.. My one question was going to be when is the next submission window? The website doesn't say, so if anyone asks I'd really appreciate finding out! See you at the next one x Jen

    May 27, 2014

    • Lisa G.

      Hi Jennifer, submission window is June 1st to Sept 1st. Best, L

      1 · May 30, 2014

  • Lisa G.

    Hi all, just wanted to say thank you for your comments. I value all feedback - glowing or otherwise - and I'm sorry to those who expected more from Rob.
    I do brief the speakers on the topic I'd like them to cover but I'm often at the mercy of their agenda so, without making excuses, I thought Rob spoke about compelling playwriting but only as it relates to his role and The Bush so perhaps a bit too narrow. For the next talk, I'll aim to find someone unconnected to a particular theatre. If anyone has a preferred speaker they would like me to approach, please email. Best and thanks again for coming along, Lisa

    May 30, 2014

  • Matt P.

    Hi Lisa, I just wanted to say thank you for a really good event on Tuesday. I found the q&a very useful and it was great to have time with Rob and hear about his experiences. Thank you and looking forward to the next one. Cheers, Matt

    1 · May 29, 2014

  • Annie

    All a bit harsh! Think he talked clearly about what The Bush wants fair enough & that's interesting otherwise go to a general chit chat about playwrighting or read a how to don't go to a talk by a bloke who commissions plays at the Bush! You can take what worked for you out of something or gripe about what wasn't helpful...

    1 · May 29, 2014

  • David H.

    Poor. The evening was advertised as how to write compelling plays but this was hardly touched on. The speaker was a weak communicator: often, if there was a line of argument or point to be made at all, he stopped short of putting it across. A pity, as he seems an important person in the theatre world. The talks tend to be better than this one.

    May 28, 2014

    • NL

      I disagree that the event was poor. I think a talk on writing a play is always going to be much more 'woolly' than on, say, writing a novel. Nature of the beast. And it was great that Lisa had managed to book Rob. He was very open to questions and allocated a lot of time for that, so there was the opportunity to ask him to expand on how to write a compelling play.

      May 29, 2014

    • David H.

      Rob said a man called Athol taught him more about theatre in three months than he had learnt before in five years. How wonderful if he had passed on what Athol had told him!

      May 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lisa, sorry I couldn't make it last night. See you next time, Laura

    1 · May 28, 2014

  • Lorella M.

    Hello all, unfortunately I will not be able to attend this talk after all :( Is there a refund available?

    May 27, 2014

    • Lisa G.

      Sorry Lorella, I can't do refunds unless the event is cancelled.

      May 27, 2014

    • Lorella M.

      Okay thanks

      May 27, 2014

  • Toby V.

    Hi Lisa, Not going to make it in time. Apologies, and see you in the future.

    May 27, 2014

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