WRITE THAT PLAY – SPRING 2015 EVENING COURSE
Mon 26 Jan
This is a playwriting course aimed at writers of any level. You will be working on your own play or starting from scratch if you are currently between plays (or if you have not yet started writing your first one). There will also be exercises where you will be asked to write new material and various activities that will get you thinking about your own writing and some of the theoretical terms behind it (this only to support you in understanding the craft better).
The course will consist of 8 sessions running in the evenings between 7:30 and 10:00 pm at Cambridge Junction (Boardroom on the mezzanine), the dates are:
- Tue 17th Feb
- Tue 24th Feb
- Mon 2nd March
- Tue 10th March
- Wed 18th March
- Mon 23rd March
- Mon 30th March
- Tue 14th April
*(apologies for inconsistency of weekdays, this is due to the Junction’s availability)
There will also be (optional) theatre visits in between, some to Cambridge Junction at discounted ticket prices, all details of these theatre trips tbc. Each of the eight sessions is focussed on a specific aspect of playwriting and will be facilitated by two (out of the three) facilitators: Julia Bolden, Kim Komljanec and Richard Peoples. For two sessions, a number of experienced actors will join the group to support the writers in developing their scripts.
All participants will be asked to share their work in group and support others during any group discussions or group/pair work. There may be some occasions where the writers will be asked to do some acting and/or directing, but only for the purposes of the exercises, so don’t worry if this is not something you are familiar with. Do, please, let us know in advance of any disabilities that would prevent you to do simple physical actions, so that we can plan ahead. No one will be asked to do anything they would feel uncomfortable with.
All in all, the course is packed with useful techniques, skills exercises, inspirational approaches and theoretical information as well as being good fun, so hopefully, we should all come out of it a little wiser and/or happier.
See a brief course outline below.
Session 1 (17th Feb): STARTING POINTS
What are the “right” starting points to writing a play?
Planning a plot? Choosing a theme? Creating a character?
What is a good opening to a play?
Session 2 (24th Feb): PLOT
What is plot? What moves the plot forward?
Elements of plot. Acts. Scenes. Events.
Different plot structures
Session 3 (2nd March): CHARACTER
What makes a character believable, dramatic, multi-layered, interesting, fun for the actor to play?
How much can/should a character change/develop?
Who is the main character?
Session 4 (10th March): DIALOGUE AND ACTION
What do the lines do rather than say?
What makes an action dramatic?
How to write, not describe action(s)?
Session 5 (18th March): WORKING WITH ACTORS AND DIRECTORS
Hearing your script read by actors changes everything.
Seeing the director take over changes everything.
Session 6 (23rd March): WORKING WITH ACTORS AGAIN
Everything changed. New drafts, new scenes, perhaps even new characters. More play time.
Session 7 (30th March): THEME, SETTING, TIME
What is theme vs. topic vs. subject vs. idea vs. thought vs. message?
Where in the play does the theme reside?
How important are the where and when?
What is your play really about?
Session 8 (14th April): EDITING AND REWRITING
Cutting and/or changing. How to kill your babies and be sure it was right to do so.
Processing feedback and not losing your own voice.
Rewriting courage and confidence.
Your play is finished. What now?
Thu 22 Jan
Rowan James is a hip hop/punk-inspired performance poet. Known for delivering quick-fire rap style poetry, often rooted in social commentary with flashes of humor and a unique, engaging performance style.
We have begun working on a spoken word show titled “Until I Speak”. An exploration of society’s perceptions of people’s disabilities, the show will focus on how disability labels are used within society. It also aims to question how we as a society can acknowledge the inspirational qualities of people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Rowan and the team are keen to work with a beatboxer to create the show. Someone who will go on to perform the show with Rowan at the Cambridge Junction and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ideally we want to work with someone who is passionate about equality and using their creative skills. (beat boxing, rap, poetry) to explore a subject. It needs to be someone who can work with Rowans own sense of rhythm and if they have any performance background in theatre then that would be an added bonus.
If you know anyone who might be good or someone who might be interested then please email the show’s producer, Luke, on firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a paid role. We’re hoping to find someone by the end of the month so please get in touch ASAP.
Commissioned by Cambridge Junction. Supported by Cambridge Junction and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich through Escalator Performing Arts, and Stopgap Dance Company.
Christmas Box Office Opening Hours
Mon 22 Dec
Christmas Eve | Open as normal (10am – 6pm)
Christmas Day | Closed
Boxing Day | Closed
27th Dec | Event only (2pm – 4pm)
28th Dec | Event only (10am – 4pm)
29th Dec | Open as normal (10am – 6pm)
30th Dec | Open as normal (10am – 6pm)
31st Dec (NYE) | Open as normal (10am – 6pm)
1st Jan | Event only (2pm – 4pm)
2nd Jan onwards | Open as normal (10am – 6pm, Mon – Sat; Evening events; Sun event only)
Around the World in 80 Days - the reviews are in!
Fri 19 Dec
Here's what the press have to say about our family Christmas show Around the World in 80 Days...
“a deliciously fresh Christmas show” ★★★★ The Stage
“If at this time of year you need a rest from pantomime then Cambridge Junction have just the answer.” The Public Reviews
"beautiful, charming and inventive" Cambridge News
"Audiences at Cambridge Junction last night were treated to an adventure of epic proportions in Around the World in 80 Days, New International Encounter’s captivating new Christmas show." Cambridge Edition
"a real treat for young audiences (and adults too!)" Local Secrets
“A well thought out presentation of a well-known tale introducing youngsters to one of the classics in an extremely entertaining show.” Grapevine Live
"beautifully acted by a multi-talented cast who combine slap stick, audience participation and musicality perfectly." ★★★★★ Mumsnet Cambridge
Around the World in 80 Days runs until Sun 04 Jan - more info and tickets here
Photo: Claire Haigh
Calling all acoustic musicians and acoustic music lovers
Fri 12 Dec
The Fiver Unplugged are looking for a group of young promoters to work with us here at Cambridge Junction, to learn about and become involved in, all aspects of putting on a gig in a professional venue. From booking artists, promoting, advancing and stage managing, you will learn all about being a professional promoter.
If you would like to be involved, please email email@example.com with the following: any relevant experience, why you want to be involved and why you feel you would be good for the job! You need to be 16 - 20, available to have fortnightly meetings at Cambridge Junction and will be offered guest list to gigs alongside getting great experience.
more information on The Fiver Unplugged can be found here