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MA Dramatic Writing Collaborates with Comica and the British Library

Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
02 July 2018

graphic-novel-imageWednesday night saw the culmination of a six-month collaboration between MA Dramatic Writing students, the British Library, and Comica.

The project explored transmedia and digital storytelling possibilities, drawing inspiration from Comica’s current exhibition at the British Library. ‘Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK’ is the largest exhibition of mainstream and underground comics ever to take place in the UK.

Students worked with Conducttr, a new transmedia storyteller tool, and The Club, a company that specialises in providing each writer with their own moment in collaborative productions and promenade performances.

‘Professional and ambitious’
The end result was Breakdowns, a five-day digital storytelling experiment that concluded on Wednesday in front of a packed out audience. The production was performed and filmed by students on Drama Centre London’s Foundation in Performance course, directed by Course Leader Richard Williams.

MA Dramatic Writing Course Leader Jennifer Tuckett, who co-produced the project with The Platform Theatre, said: “The brief to create a digital storytelling experiment inspired by the British Library and Comica’s exhibition on Breakdowns was an ambitious and challenging brief for MA Dramatic Writing.

“The MA Dramatic Writers and Foundation in Performance students more than rose to the challenge, with many audience members commenting on the professional and ambitious nature of the production.”

More information:
MA Dramatic Writing
Foundation in Performance
Comics Unmasked exhibition
Breakdown storytelling experiment