Writing for Performance Master Class

Tees Valley Arts are hosting a “Writing for Performance” Master class with Award winning playwright Fin Kennedy whose plays are produced in the UK and US. Fin has written for Soho Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Southwark Playhouse, Half Moon Theatre, The Red Room and BBC Radio 4. Fin also has many years’ experience teaching playwriting in schools, youth clubs, and at universities.

Since 2007 he has been writer-in-residence at Mulberry School in East London, for whom he has co-founded a theatre company and written four plays which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of which received a Scotsman Fringe First. General information can be found on his main website: finkennedy.co.uk

Writing for Performance Master Class

Master Class Content

Most playwrighting courses, including those run by some of our biggest new writing theatres, tell you to ‘write what you know’. But what if your own life doesn’t contain a great deal of material? Or what if you’ve plundered what you can and now need to look further afield for inspiration?

This practical workshop seeks to help intermediate level dramatic writers write what they don’t know, with reference to professional play texts, including the writer’s own award-winning play How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found. It will cover interview techniques, the process of creating drama from fact-based research (which is different from ‘verbatim theatre’) and the wider question of what it means to research creatively. Participants will develop an understanding of how to go about writing about subject’s beyond their own experience with legitimacy, authenticity and integrity.


Wednesday 20th March 2013 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm


Tees Valley Arts, Melrose House Street, Middlesbrough TS1 2HZ

Refreshments will be provided.

Book Your Place

Spaces are limited so please register your interest by emailing the following details to tim.coyte@teesvalleyarts.org.uk

Name, Telephone Number, Email address, Background/occupation and how the workshop would be of benefit to you.