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Tue 26 May, Tue 8 Sep 2020
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Provided by: Graduate School of Life Sciences


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The Engaged Researcher: Cambridge Creative Encounters - Behind the Curtains

Tue 26 May, Tue 8 Sep 2020


Have you ever imagined how your research might look and sound on stage? This is your opportunity to explore the world of theatre playwriting together with professionals from Menagerie Theatre Company. One participant will have the exclusive opportunity to get a funded place in a workshop for young writers with the chance to see their writing performed before an audience during 'The Hotbed Theatre Festival'.

Target audience

shortlisted PG students and researcher who applied for the Cambridge Creative Encounters: (deadline 15 March 2020)


You have to apply and be shortlisted via the Creative Encounters call:


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 26 May   09:00 - 12:00 09:00 - 12:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led
2 Tue 8 Sep   14:00 - 16:00 * 14:00 - 16:00 * Online
* Optional session.
- To introduce fundamental tenets of dramatic writing - setting, narrative, character, form/style - To explore the basic ingredients for creating a piece of theatre - the interaction of time, space and the 'fictional' body - For participants to write a short piece inspired by their own or others' research

Structure: split into 3 Acts.

First Act - Setting the Scene: examples of stage writing and why they work; games and physical engagement; staring your research questions in the face; staring a colleague's research questions in the face.

Second Act - The Shape of Ideas: pair or group work drawing out the imagery and metaphors; individual work creating a scaffold, a route map or a set of milestones

Third Act - Writing and presenting - working individually to write a piece which draws all the workshop elements together, which might be read aloud.

Final Act - The reviews are out! Responding to others' work....

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