This is Not a Drill 2018 - Creative intensive for writers

Date:Mon 16 - Sat 21 Jul
Time:10am - 6pm
Venue:Throughout the venue
Price:Troop members are eligible for free places. Non-members pay £60.

This intensive workshop invites a group of 10 writers to spend 6 days taking a show idea through from initial draft idea to developed idea having created text. This week focuses on creating live work that starts with text. The workshop is writing-focussed and invites participants with a range of abilities at a variety of stages of development.

The workshop is organised as part of Troop at Cambridge Junction, and Troop members are eligible for free places. Non-members pay £60.
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Overview
This intensive workshop invites a group of 10 writers to spend 6 days taking a show idea through from initial draft idea to developed idea having created text. This week focuses on creating live work that starts with text. The workshop is writing-focussed and invites participants with a range of abilities at a variety of stages of development.

The processes that each participant will take their idea through are: excavating under the idea; finding a central question; exploding idea into research leads; playing with different models of the relationship of performer to the audience; deciding on writing style, performer need, show arc and finally creating some text.

There will be the opportunity to share some work at the end of the process, either informally with each other or potentially with a wider audience at the Fen to Fringe showcase on 25th and 26th July.
Biographies of the workshop leaders are below.

Location
The workshop will take place in various spaces around Cambridge Junction including the Boardroom and other spaces such as the mezzanine, Hub and Old Director’s Office available for private writing time, discussion and breakout sessions.
On Thursday 19th July we have a private room booked at CB1 Café in central Cambridge for an exclusive reading of Shôn Dale-Jones‘s latest work under development, including drinks (which Cambridge Junction will provide). This event will finish at approximately 8pm.

Financial Info
The workshop costs £60. If you are a member of Cambridge Junction’s artist development network Troop, it’s free, but you must live in the East of England to join Troop. If you are not already a member but are eligible (a practicing artist who lives in the East of England) please see how to join on our website here.

There are some funds available to help towards covering costs for anybody who would not otherwise be able to attend. If this applies to you, please briefly outline in your application how much financial support would enable you to attend.

How to apply

  • You must be able to attend the whole workshop (6 days).
  • Potential participants are asked to submit a short piece of writing along (max. 2 pages) with a one page A4 document outlining in simple terms 1. What you want out of the week 2. What your idea is and telling us a little about yourself and your practice.
  • Applications should be emailed to Catherine.willmore@junction.co.uk by 10am on 11th July
  • Questions should be addressed to Catherine Willmore, Artist Development Producer, at the email address above or on 01223 403474. Catherine works every Wednesday and Thursday.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Hannah Jane Walker is a writer and producer from Cambridge. She studied literature at the University of East Anglia and poetry at Newcastle University. With Chris Thorpe she had made 4 plays, 2 published by Oberon. Hannah’s poetry has been published by Nasty Little Press. She has written for The Guardian and BBC Radio 4. Currently working on a solo show about sensitivity called ‘Highly Sensitive’, a collaboration with playwright Rachel Mariner called ‘recovering misogynist’, a dance circus collaboration and a children’s book. She has just finished her first full poetry collection ‘Shark!’ edited by Caroline Bird and Joe Dunthorne. She is currently an Associate Artist at the National Centre for Writing.        

Francesca Beard is an internationally acclaimed poet and workshop facilitator who has written and performed successful solo shows nationally and abroad. Currently, she is touring ‘Francesca Beard's Post-Truth Apocalypse’ while developing a new show,  working title, ’Confabulation’, both supported by Arts Council, England.
     
Shôn Dale-Jones is a writer, director and performer, and Hoipolloi’s Artistic Director. Hoipolloi is an independent creative company making work on stage, on radio, on screen and online, and performing across London the UK and internationally around the world. Shôn has made over twenty original shows, working with various partners, including the BBC; National Theatre Wales; National Theatre Studios; Barbican; Royal Court; Carriageworks, Sydney; Cambridge Film Festival; Arts Council England; and The British Council. He has won various awards, including two Scotsman Fringe First Awards, Total Theatre Award, M-ie Award – Best Live Theatre Event, Melbourne, Australia and BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Scripted Comedy. Shôn is currently touring two live solo shows, THE DUKE and ME & ROBIN HOOD, as well as developing work for BBC Radio Four and working with Jon Plowman at BBC TV Comedy.      

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This intensive workshop invites a group of 10 writers to spend 6 days taking a show idea through from initial draft idea to developed idea having created text. This week focuses on creating live work that starts with text. The workshop is writing-focussed and invites participants with a range of abilities at a variety of stages of development.

The workshop is organised as part of Troop at Cambridge Junction, and Troop members are eligible for free places. Non-members pay £60.

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