Stephen Joseph Theater in Scarborough takes acting and screenwriting lessons online – how to book


Writer Nick Lane
Writer Nick Lane

The first courses to be put online will be:

Drama writing course for beginners: for five weeks starting Tuesday June 9, starting at 11:30 am. Directed by playwright Nick Lane, who has written the Stephen Joseph Theater Christmas show for the past four years as well as the hugely popular Sherlock Holmes story adaptation The Sign of Four, who visited the theater in the spring latest.

Nick says, “Did the lockdown make you feel locked in?” Tired of seeing / posting photos of homemade frittatas on Instagram? Looking for something creative to do before you watch all of Netflix again?

“Well, if you’re in the mood to try your hand at writing drama, SJT has a course for beginning writers covering everything from character, dialogue, plot, structure, editing. and rewriting… which you can do yourself at home.

“You can even do it while watching Netflix and making a frittata. * The class is simple, it’s fun, and it might help you uncover a talent you didn’t know you had.

“* Not recommended. Seriously; you could burn yourself.

The course costs £ 35 for all five sessions.

Rounders – Stephen Jospeh Theater Youth Theater: For five weeks starting Tuesday, June 9, Stephen Josep Theater for Children and Youth Associate Director Cheryl Govan and Associate Director Chelsey Gillard will offer three free screenings per week online, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. :

Tuesdays for eight to 11 year olds

Wednesdays for ages 15 and over

Thursdays from 12 to 14 years old.

Cheryl said, “For all of our current members, we haven’t forgotten you! Rounders will also be traveling online. It won’t be the same, but we can assure you that it will be fun and a great opportunity to catch up with all of your friends for some virtual rounders nonsense. Make sure your parents check their emails – we’ll get back to you!

Script reading course: for five weeks starting Wednesday, June 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. These fun and friendly sessions will explore the work of playwrights from the Restoration period.

Participants will read period texts aloud and work with Associate Director of Theater, Chelsey Gillard, to examine their themes, stories, writing styles and historical context.

Digital copies of plays, including The Man of Mode by George Etheredge and The Rover by Aphra Behn, will be provided and attendees will receive a link to join each weekly session.

These courses cost £ 5 per week or £ 20 if you book all five.

Chelsey said: “I am very happy that we are exploring this unique era of dramatic writing that delighted audiences when theaters reopened after an 18-year ban. The theater has become a way to celebrate and reflect on the company, so this is the perfect inspiration while we wait to reopen our doors as well. “

Script Operations: These special script operations provide individual feedback on scripts under development. The scripts will be read by professional literary consultant Suzy Graham-Adriani, best known for creating the National Theater Connections program.

She was responsible for commissioning and developing the first 100 plays and musicals from writers such as Alan Ayckbourn, Bryony Lavery, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Simon Armitage. Suzy will give in-depth commentary and a one-on-one Zoom session to explore ways to get the script to the next draft and, if so, ways to move it forward.

Script surgeries cost £ 100.

Cheryl said: “We are, of course, very anxious to reopen the theater and welcome our community into our working classes.

“But until it is possible, we hope as many people as possible will join us online, we will add more soon.”

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