Bud­ding drama­tists can en­rol on prac­ti­cal course Hello Sum­mer. Good­bye Veins.

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Peo­ple who have never writ­ten a play be­fore but want to can now take les­sons.

Colin Bear­don of Grow Your Own Pro­duc­tions has teamed up with Wai­heke Adult Learn­ing to of­fer a prac­ti­cal course called Write Your First Play.

The aim is for each par­tic­i­pant to pro­duce a script for a 10-minute play that will be read be­fore an au­di­ence some time in May.

All pos­si­ble help will be given to make sure ev­ery­one achieves this, Bear­don said.

He has had plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing helped 20 dif­fer­ent lo­cal writ­ers get their plays per­formed through the five Wai­heke Play­wrights Fes­ti­vals he has or­gan­ised. ‘‘The course is for peo­ple who have tried and found it more dif­fi­cult than they thought, and peo­ple who have writ­ten one but feel that they would like to do it again with a bit more help,’’ Bear­don said. ‘‘You don’t have to have an idea for a play be­fore you start.

‘‘We will be­gin by as­sum­ing your mind is as blank as the piece of pa­per you will be writ­ing on.’’ The course starts on Fe­bru­ary 25 and runs for five ses­sions at two-weekly in­ter­vals, end­ing on April 22

See wal.org.nz/cour­ses/write-your-first­play/ for de­tails and to en­rol.

Colin Bear­don and Wai­heke Adult Learn­ing are of­fer­ing a course for first time play­wrights. SUP­PLIED

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