Visit our NST Campus venue, based in Highfield at the University of Southampton Campus.
Join us at NST City, our new venue in the heart of Southampton City Centre, offering a creative environment, two theatre spaces, rooms to hire and Tyrrells our cafe bar.
11 February, 2020 - 29 February, 2020
01 January, 2020 - 06 April, 2020
24 September, 2019
Led by Deborah Gearing
£75 for the course, to be booked in advance
Across this course of 5 sessions we will be situating ourselves as writers of plays/for theatre; unlocking ideas; considering the personal and political and some questions of structure. We will write monologues, duologues and by the end of the course a ten-minute play, closing with a sense of direction – a rough plan for a longer piece to take away and start writing independently.
Deborah is a playwright, director, poet and translator.
Her first play, BURN, was produced by the National Theatre in the Connections programme, and went on to run in the Cottesloe Theatre in a triple bill with plays by Enda Walsh and Mark Ravenhill. Since then she has written plays for theatres large and small; her focus is often on commissioned plays written for and with particular groups, or responding to place. She has a long history of work in the community, with long term work with mental health group Making a Scene, and Over the Wall group for ex-offenders and marginalised adults.
She has worked as a writer delivering the National Theatre’s New Views playwriting programme for young people since 2012, and is currently a writing mentor for Graeae Theatre. She produces her own work with the Fuse, founded with Fiona Mackie to make plays in non-theatre spaces. In 2019 she put on THE HOPE, a promenade play responding to Southampton, and is currently in the process of writing an application to present the show next year. She has recently begun to perform her own poetry, building on work begun in residencies in the Forest and for Gods House Tower.