“We’re great at singing, dancing, sprinting, and fighting…so why would we bother writing for the theatre?”. With these words, in October 2004 … Ola Animashawun launched his groundbreaking initiative, Critical Mass. So called as it was designed to create a critical mass of British playwrights from minority ethnic backgrounds, to truly represent the diverse range of voices in contemporary British Theatre. Purposeful, wilful, provocative, mischievous, intelligent, cutting and sharp – these are the foundations on which he built the Critical Mass, playwriting programme … So join him as he presents ‘Has It Got Legs?’ – a three hour workshop that scrutinizes his idea … and your ideas…
The MA in Dramatic Writing course at Central St Martins aims to create a new model for training dramatic writers … working in partnership with nine ‘Masters’ and industry organisations who have led the way in dramatic writing training in the UK.
The Year of Experimentation is a new writing festival taking place at The Platform Theatre at Central Saint Martins from 3 July – 4 July 2014 … Ola is delivering a FREE playwriting masterclass as part of Day One, which will offer masterclasses to writers, students, the public and the industry on writing for theatre, film, television, radio and digital media.
Further to finishing the 11-week Critical Mass programme in December 2013, 10 scripts have been received by the Belgrade Theatre and we’re now in the process of reading them all. Hopefully we’ll have enough material for a showcase of rehearsed readings later in the year.