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Play-Writing For Beginners

Play-Writing For Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Simon Bowen


This course is a unique opportunity to kick-start or further your writing. We guarantee you will learn, have fun and feel inspired for the future! You will be introduced to the art of writing plays in a lively and stimulating atmosphere. Led by a professional playwright, you will use a range of exercises and techniques to unlock your creativity.

Before you know it, you will be generating your own original characters, developing dramatic relationships, writing dynamic dialogue and creating scenes and stories that engage an audience.

As an important part of the process, you will also have the opportunity to work with professional actors who will workshop a selection of what you write and give a small, informal performance of your favourite pieces at the end of the week.

Nina Steiger will be present for and run one session on this course. Nina is Director of the Writers' Centre at Soho Theatre, identifying and developing new plays and projects for production. The theatre is a creative hub for emerging artists and a place to explore the craft of playwriting and contemporary theatre. Prior to this post, Nina worked for seven years in the New York and regional theatres with such organisations as Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Stage & Film and Hartford Stage Company alongside freelance work with companies such as The Foundry Theatre, proto-type theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club.

Entry requirements: A good level of spoken English is required for this course.

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Simon Bowen began acting at the National Youth Theatre where he appeared in leading roles alongside Rupert Penry-Jones, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Jessica Stevenson and Chiwetel Ejiofor. After training as a professional actor, he went on to work at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre in 'Renegades' by Catherine Johnson (writer of 'Mamma Mia'), at The National Theatre in 'Chips With Everything' directed by Howard Davies, and at Hampstead Theatre in Glyn Cannon's 'The Kiss'. He has also worked extensively on screen, and his appearances include 'Fever Pitch' by Nick Hornby, 'Our Boy': a BBC Film by Tony Grounds starring Ray Winstone, 'Without Motive' on ITV, 'Casualty' and 'Down to Earth' on BBC One and 'The Secret World of Michael Fry' by Paul Abbott on Channel 4 Simon is also a writer, and his credits include 'From London With Love' (starring Claire Rushbrook and Philip Glenister) which he wrote for BBC Radio 4 in the week of the Litvinenko spy affair, and his play 'Free' which was produced in The Loft at The National Theatre, and directed by Thea Sharrock.


There is no specific materials list for this course. A list will be either added to this website shortly, sent to you nearer the time or discussed on the first day of the course.

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