WRITERS' RETREATS

writers' retreat, 31 august 2019

The Found Text: Writing for Devised Theatre

31st August 2019 | 11am-4.30pm | The France-Hayhurst, Liverpool Waterfront

** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM SOME ADVERTISING **


PART 1: WORKSHOP

Alison Oddey describes devised theatre as a process that ‘enables a group of performers to be physically and practically creative in the sharing and shaping of an original product’.1

What, then, is the role of the writer in this process? And what may be an analogue to the performers' physical process of intuition and spontaneity when creating ideas?

Using his ten years' experience as a writer with Tmesis Theatre, one of the UK's leading physical theatre companies, Chris suggests the 'found text' approach as an intuitive yet serendipitous generator of ideas.

We will use this methodology around the historic Liverpool waterfront and, in doing so, also consider the subsequent relationship that develops between writing, humankind and the natural environment around us.


PART 2: CREATIVE SPACE

Enjoy exclusive use of the historic France-Hayhurst, moored at the Liverpool waterfront, as a unique afternoon setting and inspiration for working on your own writing, whether indoors or on deck.


PART 3: SCRIPT AFTERCARE

Written feedback and other advice on your text following the event.

1 Alison Oddey, Devising Theatre (London: Routledge, 2013), p.1


** The workshop ADAPTATION: THEORY & PRACTICE FOR THE THEATRE TEXT, originally planned for 31st August 2019, will now be re-scheduled for a later date **

About the France-Hayhurst

Originally built for the trustees of the River Weaver, the France-Hayhurst began as maintenance craft, but having been built with a state room, soon became an inspection vessel for visiting dignitaries. She was taken into service by British Waterways until the 1980s when she went into private ownership and was sailed around the coast to Yorkshire. After some years, she fell into disrepair, and lay abandoned on the Aire and Calder. She was bought and restored to a seaworthy state in 2005 by Cathy Roberts, and now resides at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

the france-hayhurst

Text adapted from nationalhistoricships.org.uk