30 October, 2019

Pitlochry supports Perthshire Play-writers Group launch

Perthshire Plays, a joint initiative by Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Horsecross Arts, Birnam Arts and Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, is looking forward to welcoming potential Perth and Kinross play-writers to a FREE day of writing events at Perth Theatre, this Saturday, 2 November, 12-5pm.

New to play-writing but with that burning story inside desperate to get onto the page, or a seasoned writer with professional experience, there will be something for everyone, in a fully-rounded event that will help writers at all stages explore their talent.

The creation of a writers' group for playwrights based in Perth and Kinross is the first stage of an intensive 2-year programme with the group then meeting from January 2020. Perthshire Plays will give writers the tools to write, improve writing skills, and increase confidence, all in a supportive environment. As part of the programme, writers will have a number of opportunities to showcase across the region.

Guided by local playwright Lesley Wilson, and involving other professional playwrights from across Scotland, the Open Day will start with an introduction from professional playwright, Rebecca Sharp. Acclaimed writer and artist, currently based in Fife, Rebecca will guide attendees around the playwright's toolkit in an informative and practical workshop, considering not only structure and stage direction, characterisation and dialogue, but also how lighting, movement and sound can support a story, and how to build into writing.

Lesley explained:

"As a Perthshire resident I am so excited to see this programme take off.  Long established venues like Perth Theatre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre have a rich history of producing first class theatre which have delighted audiences for generations. However, the makers of theatre often come from somewhere else and as a lone writer, I often have to go elsewhere to develop my work. Perthshire Plays is about engaging with local new, inventive and creative writers and artists who want to learn about theatre, develop their skills and create new, exciting and challenging theatre that will engage and entertain audiences both near and far, now and in the years to come.

Perthshire Plays Open Day is a great way to make new links with other artists, find out what’s happening across the region, learn new skills or develop existing ones or simply to dip your toe in the water and see if that idea you have in your head could one day be performed in front of an audience. And it’s free!"

The afternoon includes a discussion with Lu Kemp (Artistic Director, Perth Theatre), playwright Lesley Wilson (Associate Playwright, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland) and Fiona Sturgeon Shea (Creative Director, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland), to hear more about the programme, discuss writers’ needs in Perth and Kinross and how the programme can meet those needs. Then there’s a chance to meet Playwright, Robert Alan Evans as he talks about adapting Barry Hines' iconic novel Kes for the stage. Attendees will also receive a discount code to see Kes at Perth Theatre for just £5.

Those attending the Open Day do not have to commit to be part of the writers' group to attend and are welcome to turn up on the day. However, it is advised to register in advance, to be certain to receive an information pack: email hayley@playwrightsstudio.co.uk

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