Join acclaimed playwright Donna Abela for this two day workshop

Rapid Prototyping for Playwrights

A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. Companies use rapid prototyping to quickly turn great ideas into great products. In this two day intensive workshop, playwrights will learn to work rapidly to develop a prototype or model of a new play.

Rather than starting with a story pattern or formula, participants will learn how to be with a play as it emerges and takes shape. Working lightly across the play as if it is a canvas, we will follow the joy and life that comes in each activity, and allow characters and plot, metaphors and propositions, to come to light. We will work quickly and laterally. We will put adventure first and have some serious fun.

On day one, participants will begin to develop the world of the new play, from concept and style through to character and voice, conflict and plot points. On day two, they will find ways to deliver on the promise of their emergent play. They will explore plot extremities and thematic directions, and capture a sense of the whole work-in-progress by creating a prototype. The workshop tasks will follow in quick succession (to outrun the inner critic), and will use writing and drawing, lateral and visual stimulus, discussion and feedback.

This workshop will suit writers who are conjuring up a new play, but participants who would like to try creating a play from scratch are also welcome.

Donna Abela is an award-winning playwright. Her play Jump For Jordan won the 2013 Griffin Playwriting Award and the 2015 Australian Writers’ Guild’s AWGIE Award for Stage. It is on the HSC Drama Syllabus, was one of three Australian plays presented in Spanish at the 2018 Women Playwright’s International Conference in Santiago de Chile, and was the creative component of her 2016 doctoral thesis entitled Dialogic Interplay: a Strategy for Representing Difference and Cultural Diversity on Stage. Other recent plays include Monkey … Journey to the West (2014 Brisbane Festival, 2015 Melbourne Festival, 2015 Sydney Opera House programs), Spirit (2016 AWGIE Award for Radio), Aurora’s Lament (2012 AWGIE Award for Radio), and Mrs Macquaries Cello (2010 AWGIE Award for Radio). Donna supports the development of new performance works, and leads processes that leverage the creative proficiency and resilience of writers. In the last year, she has worked with organisations such as Playwriting Australia, National Theatre of Parramatta, Australian Theatre for Young People, Milk Crate Theatre, Q Theatre, University of Wollongong and Macquarie University to teach and support over a hundred student, emerging and professional writers for screen and stage. Donna is a founding member and board member of PYT | Fairfield. Along with Vanessa Bates, Hilary Bell, Noëlle Janaczeska, Verity Laughton, Ned Manning and Cath Zimdahl, she is also a founding member of 7-ON, a playwrights’ alliance which advocates for playwrights and initiates production and publishing projects. She is currently developing two new plays called The Secret Warzone and Flame Tree Street.

When: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2019 – 10.30 till 4.30 PM
Where: Hume Bank Butter Factory Theatre
Cost: $75 (including GST)
Bookings: By phone 02 6021 7433 or click here