Writers can learn the ropes with 10-minute play for­mat

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Bud­ding writers can get a crash course in drama this week­end at a play­writ­ing work­shop with a dif­fer­ence. The plot twist? The en­tire play has to be done and dusted in just 10 min­utes.

The Short+Sweet Dubai Play­writ­ing course will take place from Thurs­day to Satur­day, tak­ing writers from raw idea to first draft and even a per­for­mance by ac­tors on the week­end.

Course tu­tor Alex Broun has seen more than 100 of his short plays pro­duced across the globe, in coun­tries in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Canada, France, the Philip­pines and the US.

With more than 15 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on 10-minute plays, the Aus­tralian knows a thing or two about the form. The prac­ti­cal, hands-on course will help writers get their own ideas off the ground. It also cov­ers the ba­sics of play­writ­ing in gen­eral.

Alex ex­plains: “The course is a great in­tro­duc­tion to writ­ing – it ed­u­cates peo­ple about the tools needed to write a play, and at the same time em­pow­ers peo­ple to write a play.

“They will come along for the week­end and by the end of the week­end they will have writ­ten a 10-minute play. It is a good start­ing point and a great place to learn your craft. What story can you tell in 10 min­utes?” The course cov­ers the fun­da­men­tals. Char­ac­ter, di­a­logue, story (or sit­u­a­tion), dra­matic ten­sion and theatri­cal­ity are all ex­plained. Alex also breaks down the writ­ing process so po­ten­tial play­wrights will know how to come up with an en­ter­tain­ing idea. They will also learn the tools needed to write from scratch, and will gain an un­der­stand­ing in the ba­sics of writ­ing for theatre. Alex says: “It is all about try­ing to get peo­ple to think of in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tions or ideas - whether in drama or in com­edy. You need a good idea and you need to ex­e­cute it well. It’s no use hav­ing a great idea if it is ex­e­cuted badly, and vice versa.” In to­day’s world, com­plete with YouTube and in­for­ma­tion over­load, the short form is an ideal plat­form for modern au­di­ences. Alex ex­plains: “The world has sped up, and try­ing to keep peo­ple’s at­ten­tion now is quite hard. “Our abil­ity to ab­sorb in­for­ma­tion has in­creased im­mensely so if some­one was here from 400 years ago and got pre­sented with the in­for­ma­tion we are used to, they would have a headache af­ter half an hour be­cause we get in­for­ma­tion from s o many sources. “Things can move so much faster now.” The Short+Sweet Play­writ­ing course takes place at Con­stel­la­tion Stu­dio in JLT this week­end - Thurs­day (7pm-10pm), Fri­day (10am-5pm) and Satur­day (10am-6pm). Dhs1,000 or Dhs800 for stu­dents. Email liz@con­stel­la­ or call 052 761 4055 to book a place.

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