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Thursday 21 November

All day: Writers’ Relay

The Writers’ Relay is a performance installation, written and performed by you. A typewriter will be set up in the foyer of the Hexagon Theatre, with the aim of creating a play within three days. Writers will be able to book slots at the typewriter, taking turns to tell the story. The pages will be pinned up on the wall, showing the play as it unfolds. It’s a chance for writers to work together in creating a new performance piece, and for the audience to see the writer at work.

10am-1pm: Workshop – Re-Drafting Plays
Caroline Jester


Writing is rewriting. Ever thought your play is finished, but others say just a few more drafts? This workshop will look at practical techniques to apply when re-drafting. Participants will need to bring one scene with them from a play that they are currently working on.

Caroline is a  writer, dramaturg, educator and director and uses playwriting as a tool in many settings. She was Dramaturg and Literary Manager at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre for 12 years and is a Fellow of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University. She is the co author of ‘Playwriting Across the Curriculum’ and the originator of REPwrite, an interactive playwriting zone. She designs playwriting programmes nationally and internationally as well as developing her own writing and directing new work.

2pm: Funding Workshop
Music Studio 1, FREE
Led by Alison Gagen

ACE Relationship Manager Alison Gagen will introduce the new Grants for the Arts project funding scheme and open a discussion on the ways in which writers and theatre-makers can develop and fund their projects. Includes 1-2-1 funding advice.

This event is aimed at artists who are in the process of developing a project and are interested in finding out more about Grants for the Arts. Participants are encouraged to look at the website to familiarise themselves with the scheme, so that discussions can be tailored to individual projects, rather than general queries.

To book a place, visit the mac website. Please also email with a brief overview of your project and what you hope to gain from the workshop.

6pm: Panel Discussion – Developing a Career as a Freelancer
Hexagon Theatre, Free

Going freelance is a full-time job. But what are the benefits and pitfalls of being your own boss? Join writers, producers and theatre-makers as they discuss how they combine their artistic and professional development with the need to make ends meet. How do you find the best people to work with? What does a “portfolio career” really mean? And will Bank Holidays ever be the same again?

8pm: Ugly Duck
A new comedy by Deborah McAndrew
Foyle Studio,  8pm
£10 (£8)

Ugly Duck imageStoke bloke, Dennis Hancock wouldn’t win any beauty competitions. A life long Port Vale fan, Dennis is rapidly declining in middle age and inexorably sinking into the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

In desperation he answers an advertisement in the local paper for an artist’s life model. But when troubled young artist Kat Drosdzowski begins to paint him, Dennis finds himself exposed in more ways than one…

Warning – contains nudity not of a sexual nature. Age recommendation 14 +

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