Posted: 7 February, 2020

Monday Masterclass: John Pritchard – Playwriting

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On Monday 10 February our Monday Masterclass was led by playwright, John Pritchard.

The workshop began with a 15 minute monologue writing session, and afterwards students were given the opportunity to share their work with the rest of the class.

Mr Pritchard explained how and why playwrights use adjectives in their monologues. Using descriptive words in monologues helps to paint a picture of what the playwright’s character might be like, what kind of personality they may have and the type of setting the character is in. Describing in such detail also helps transfer monologues from paper to stage.

The next part of the workshop was to develop the monologues that the students had created by thinking how they could change and apply them to different playwright situations e.g script writing for a TV Soap Opera rather than just writing for theatre production.

A bit about John

John started his career producing, directing and performing in a Five Star production of ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 with his company Blind Elephant. A year later, his show Bright Ideas gained 4 star reviews. He then toured with Games and After Liverpool which went on tour at Underbelly, Pleasance, Shelley and Tristan Bates theatres.

John’s writing has been performed at 2Fit in London, Paines Plough and The Trestle Theatre. In 2019 his play Hiroshima won the Lewis Davis prize at the WGC Theatre Festival and he is currently writing and devising a new play The Entire History Of The World Told In About 25 Minutes.

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