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Minack Theatre, KEAP and young playwrights!

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Fantastic, creative training opportunity for young and emerging playwrights

The Minack Youth Theatre is looking for a selection of short original plays, each with a running time of approximately 15 minutes for summer 2018. The material must be appropriate for performance by a cast of 12-18 year olds. The cast size needs to be flexible and should provide opportunities for between 8 and 12 actors.

As part of this process the Minack is funding a 3 day training programme led by writer and lecturer Jane Pugh to work up a treatment and sections of dialogue to present to the Minack staff on the final day.  These free sessions will offers skills development and the time to write, develop and edit as well the chance for performers to try out the budding scripts with performers.

WhenJuly 24-26 2017 from 10-4pm

Where:  The Writers’ Block, Cornwall College Camborne, TR15 3RT

Who: Young and emerging playwrights up to a maximum of 10 people.

What:  Why we write a story in whatever its form – in this case stage plays – underpins everything writers do. Our first mission, therefore, is to ask ourselves what we want to write about.  Next, we’ll look at narrative structure and how we craft a story for the stage.  Then we’ll explore characters and a sense of place.  Put them altogether and we will have produced something magical for the Minack.

How to apply:  Please send in a piece of your writing (play, screenplay or short story) with a cv and covering letter as to why you would like to do this course.

Send it to amanda.harris@keap.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 30th June. 

For further information before applying please contact Amanda Harris 07712331421 or email as above.

Jane Pugh has worked as a story writer, editor and educator since 1986. She’s worked in film and television for Channel 4, BBC and the ITV network. Her films have won a total of seven awards and she script edited children’s television, long-running drama series, single dramas and serials. A qualified university lecturer, she teaches script writing and understanding narrative at Falmouth University. Jane works at the National Trust bringing history to life through storytelling. She is an experienced workshop leader and is part of the Story Republic, offering mentoring to young and emerging writers across Cornwall. She has written for the stage and performs her own comedy and storytelling.

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Farah Downing – author, literacy and art workshops

farah-bw smlI studied Engish & Drama at Exeter University and specialise in combining Writing, Drama and Art to boost creativity and help children reach their potential. I have been a teacher for many years and have been fortunate enough to work in a wide range of settings with varying roles. I also write stories for children and run Literacy workshops in schools using my stories as a springboard. Some schools have chosen to use the text as the backbone of topic work.

My first story for children ‘Paradise Park After Dark’ was published in collaboration with the wildlife sanctuary of the same name and the St Ives printing press. The story was released in conjunction with 40th birthday celebrations for the sanctuary last spring, is aimed at 3-7 year olds and tells the tale of what the animals get up to at night once the park is shut to visitors. The response from children and schools to ‘Paradise Park After Dark’ has been amazing! I am currently working on a multi-schools based Art & Literature project with my new story Tyrannosaurus Tate.


Contact: farahjdowning@gmail.com


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Ali Roscoe – Eye Opener Arts

Having worked in the field of creative education for over 30 years I have vast experience of inspiring children and young people and unearthing their creative potential through exciting workshops and adventures.

My creative ideas emanate from my love of narrative and nature.  I take stories, overheard conversations and day to day observations and weave them into new beings through drawing, painting, collage and textiles.  I take simple words and they evolve into a 3D installation.  I never know what will happen, but something does!

I’m a recyclomaniac by the way, so whatever you throw away I will breathe new life into it.


E –  pcpurrs@hotmail.com


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All Seasons Storymakers

For all seasonsAll Seasons Storymakers are Laura Salmon and Lisa Fresle. We have a treasure trove of tales and tunes from Cornwall and all around the world, to suit any theme you are working with. We invite your group to join in with percussion, song or rhyme, becoming story characters, making the sound of the whistling wind or crashing waves.  We can make instruments, puppets, craft, even devise new stories or music together. It is a fun way to support various areas of learning, including literacy, speaking and listening, creativity, environmental and local studies. We can offer sessions according to your budget.

Email   allseasonsse@hotmail.co.uk

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Cliff Eastabrook – The Travelling Talesman

The Travelling Talesman (Cliff Eastabrook) delivers lively tellings and stimulating workshops for ages 6 and upward. 

Past and repeat clients include: Childrens International Arts Organisation Annual Festival, National Trust, English Heritage and numerous schools.

Originally specialising in Northern European tales, folklore and mythologies Cliff has over many years expanded to include material from most continents and many time periods. 

Cliff offers themed sessions tie-ing into historic school projects including: The Iron Age; The Vikings;  Victorian Poetry; Medieval Life. 

Cliff particularly enjoys outdoor tellings and for his storywalks he creates a new mythology for a place based on site-specific features using traditional story elements and structure.

He is also a professional musician and has many years experience of film making (initially as a sound recordist)  so where additional elements are required for a project he is equipped to deliver.




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Mark Harandon – storyteller/character actor

Mark is a storyteller/character actor and live interpreter working with all age ranges from primary to adult.  He works with schools and organisations to find ways into topics; teaches storytelling to support literacy and uses performance storytelling in all kinds of venues.  When appropriate he creates interactive characters to tell stories.

With a background in teaching theatre, and as a storyteller for 30 years, his style is characterised by a large lively, sensitive delivery with strong characterisation, full of drama and humour.

He creates and delivers educational programmes and events for the National Trust and others and so his work embraces diverse subjects .  As such he is used to devising work to order.  Mark has also advised and trained teachers and national organisations in the use of stories as “hooks” in learning programmes.

Email   captainofthewest@hotmail.co.uk

Web   Mark Harandon

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Emma Spurgin-Hussey – playwright & creative writing

I’m a playwright and offer workshops on writing plays, as well as theatre- and creative writing-workshops. I’m used to working very flexibly so can create workshops to fit in with curriculum work and special projects, as well as provide masterclasses in playwriting – and can offer shorter workshops or activity spanning an entire week.

I’ve been leading workshops for over 20 years and worked with (amongst many others): Plymouth Theatre Royal; RIO; Cornwall Youth Theatre Company; Truro School; Brannel School; Bodmin College; Treviglas College; Stoke Damerel Primary School; Penryn College; Hall for Cornwall.

As well as writing and leading workshops I’m an actor and director, and co-run Bedlam Theatre Company of Cornwall and Bedlam Youth Theatre.

Contact: 01872 272695 or email esh@bedlamtc.co.uk


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Natasha Carthew – poet and novelist

Natasha Carthew is a well-known Cornish Writer with Four books to her name. Her first book for Young Adults WINTER DAMAGE (Bloomsbury Publishing) was nominated for the 2014 Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for several national awards including the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2014. Her second book THE LIGHT THAT GETS LOST will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. She is passionate about creative writing and engaging with young people to explore their imaginations, emotions and the environment around them. She is known for her dynamic and adaptable approach to writing, especially writing out of doors, nature and wild writing. She is also a survival expert and trained walks guide.

Natasha is available for full or half day workshops and readings and has experience with working with both primary and secondary students.

Contact for bookings & enquiries through website: http://natashacarthew.moonfruit.com/


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Harriet Hopkinson – novelist & creative writing workshops

I am a novelist and creative writing workshop leader. I am passionate about language and literature. Sharing this enthusiasm with pupils lies at the heart of my teaching style: my workshops enable students to explore the technical aspects of writing in a fun and engaging way. Recent sessions have included work on: character, plot, narrative voice, ‘showing not telling’, setting, point of view and language.

I use a range of stimuli – photographs, objects, poems, music, articles and extracts from novels – to inspire students and build their confidence. Pupils participate in a wide variety of activities, such as games, writing exercises, discussion, group work and most importantly, the space to experiment with language and write extended pieces of work. This enables all students to develop their skills no matter what their age or level of expertise. ‘

She’s one of the best teachers in the history of teachers!’ Year 3 pupil ‘Thank you for a great course. It really did what I hoped it would do – give me the confidence in my ability to actually get writing.’

For more information, please see www.harriethopkinson.co.uk

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Blazing Tales – a creative arts workshop company

Blazing Tales are a creative arts workshop company who combine art forms to make new creative outcomes with groups. providing a participatory, dynamic and empathic approach to art making for all through visual art, music, song-writing, storytelling and digital media.

Working with all ages and stages, on bold or intimate projects where the creative process is balanced with innovative results. They are ready-made team of specialist artists with a short hand to delivering inspirational workshops.

Blazing Tales team of artists are:

Music – Hugh Nankivell,

Visual Art – Cara Roxanne

Story Work – Sara Hurley

Digital Media – Tony Walker

More about Blazing Tales can be found here Blazing Tales CV




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