Royal Court monologues
On Thursday I was in London, running a workshop on behalf of The Royal Court theatre. This was so much fun, working with about 20 bright, bubbly and sparky young ladies from Eltham Hill School. They’re already on a writing journey with Royal Court, I was a guest workshop-per to ad to that process. We looked at monologues as the outcome of the programme is that they each complete a two-minute piece. I took them through some exercises to help form what they wanted to do, and then we had a flash write using something that makes you mad. There were so really exciting first draft results.
Teaching gives me such a buzz, and a lot of that comes from having to think about subjects, and break them down into component parts to build them back up into something else. Whenever I take a new class – and when I teach already existing ones – I really enjoy applying what I am saying to what I am writing, and making sure that I am actively thinking about my writing.
I LOVED working for the Royal Court. It made me feel super grown-up. Funny how names of places can do that for you. I run lots of workshops in lots of places for lots of people and yet that somehow gave me extra shine. I very much want to talk about some of the ideas that the girls had, but those belong to them (obvs!). Hopefully I’ll be able to share some of the final results.
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