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Scriptwriting Courses at Ty Newydd....     

Hydref 31 - Tachwedd 2
Aled Jones Williams a Siân Summers
Cyfle i ddysgu sut i greu yn neilltuol ar gyfer y llwyfan. Gan ganolbwyntio ar arddulliau gwahanol a lluniau'r llwyfan, strwythur a chymeriadu, bwriada Aled a Siân eich annog i weithio'n ymarferol - ac ar y pryd - i greu egin drama erbyn diwedd y penwythnos. Nid yw profiad blaenorol o sgriptio ar gyfer y llwyfan yn hanfodol.
ALED JONES WILLIAMS Awdur y dramâu Ta-ra Teresa, Sundance, Tulip, Wal a Pel Goch ymysg eraill. Ef hefyd yw bardd coronog Eisteddfod Ty Ddewi, 2002, ac awdur y llyfr Rhaid i ti fyned y ffordd honno dy hun. Ei gyfrol ddiweddaraf yw Oerfel Gaeaf Duw. Mae yn ficer ym Mhorthmadog.

SIAN SUMMERS Cyfarwyddwraig a sgriptwraig o Lanfairfechan. Bu'n Arweinydd Artistig Theatr Gwynedd ac yn ddarlithydd yn CPC Aberystwyth ond mae bellach yn gweithio ar ei liwt ei hun i nifer o gwmnïau theatr yng Nghymru.

Bydd Wil Sam yn ymuno â Siân ac Aled ar gyfer sesiwn anffurfiol ar ôl swper nos Sadwrn.

Manylion pellach ar gael oddi wrth Tŷ Newydd 01766 522 811

July 28 - August 2
Bill Hopkinson and Kaite O'Reilly
Writing is all about rewriting. The week focuses on redrafting work-in-progress, clarifying intention, form and dramatic structure. Does the dialogue work? Are the characters "alive"? Working as a group, using workshop techniques, your scripts will be explored and the possibilities uncovered. There will also be craft workshops, readings and individual feedback as well as the group process.
KAITE O'REILLY writes for theatre, radio and film. She works internationally as a dramaturg and tutor for performance writing. Her play Yard won the Peggy Ramsay Award. She is currently under commission to Sgript Cymru, Contact Theatre Manchester and is in development at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. 'Peeling' for Graeae Theatre will be remounted and toured internationally in 2003 and broadcast on BBC radio 3 in June. She is currently editing 'Shelf Life', and anthology for the National Disability Arts Forum.

BILL HOPKINSON is an award-winning director and for many years dramaturg with NW Playwrights. Bill is currently Development Director for Wales' national new writing company Sgript Cymru, with responsibility for the company's English language dramaturgy from community and grass-roots level to comission and production.

Guest Reader: Jonathan Meth, Director, Writernet


Writing for Theatre and Radio
August 18 - 23
David Britton and Alison Hindell
Many writers manage to negotiate the first hurdle into performance and publication, but after the first play, what then? This course aims to extend a writer's potential beyond the basics, concentrating on the development of drama scripts for stage and radio. Participants should have had at least one script broadcast, published or performed (at any level) and should bring with them a work-in-progress for development during the week. There may be an opportunity for your work to be read by professional actors at the end of the week. This course has been very successful and places will be limited. It is recommended that bookings and applications for bursaries are made as soon as possible.
DAVID BRITTON is a writer and director for stage, screen and radio. He has moved to Wales from Australia, where he was Head of Radio Drama for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His radio plays have featured extensively on BBC Radio 4 and 3, and have been produced internationally. His stage works in Australia include Cargo (Swan Gold Play of the Year award); The Newspaper of Claremont Street; and Plainsong (Equity Award - best production, 2001). He is currently completing a film set in the Welsh valleys, and writing the libretti for a sequence of young people's operas for the Australian Opera Studio. The first, Dryblower and The Water Girl opened in June 2002.

ALISON HINDELL is Senior Radio Drama Producer for BBC Wales and is a freelance threatre director who has staged productions in Britain and Ukraine. Her radio productions have won many awards, including a Sony Gold, a Writers' Guild Award and a Gold Medal at the New York Radio Festival.

August 25 - 30
David Nobbs and Alan Plater
The course will be aimed at people who are interested in writing narrative comedy. It will range from situation comedy to comedy drama with humorous elements, but will not deal with gags and sketches. Students will be asked to do some writing exercises set by the tutors.
DAVID NOBBS is the writer of many TV series including The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin, A Bit of a Do, Fairly Secret Army, The Life and Times of Henry Pratt and Love on a Branch Line. He has also written several TV plays and has adapted Vanity Fair for the theatre. His thirteenth novel Going Gently was published last year.
ALAN PLATER has been a full-time writer since 1961, with over two hundred assorted credits in radio, television, theatre and films - plus six novels, occasional journalism, broadcasting and teaching. His first plays were written for radio, a medium he still loves. Most recently he wrote three related plays, The Devil's Music, heard in August 2001 on Radio 4. His television career began with a string of single plays as well as contributions to the pioneering Z Cars series and subsequent work has included Barchester Chronicles, the Beiderbecke Trilogy, Fortunes of War, A Very British Coup and The Last of the Blonde Bombshells. He was President of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain from 1991 until 1995.
Guest Reader: Jimmy Perry

September 29 - October 4
Barry Simner and Nick Warburton
Barry Simner and Nick Warburton aim to give writers interested in drama a good grounding in fundamental dramatic technique. The course will cover basic skills (turning stories into plots, inventing and developing character, writing dialogue, dramatic structure, adaptation) and examine the very different demands placed on the writer by TV, stage and radio.
BARRY SIMNER has written for radio, the stage and television. Stage plays include, Playing the Man for Salisbury Playhouse and The Cabinet of Doktor Caligari for Nottingham Playhouse and The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. His television credits include many episodes of The Bill, and episodes of Peak Practice, Family Pride and Byker Grove. He is the co-devisor and principal writer of Carlton Television's The Vice, nominated for a Royal Television Society award for Best Drama and Best Actor. He is currently writing a two-part drama, I Told You So for the BBC. He has twice been a prize-winner in the National Poetry Competition and lives in Wales.

NICK WARBURTON has written many scripts for stage, television and radio. Seven of his novels for children have been published, as have short stories and several stage plays. He is currently working on the BBC television series Doctors, Holby City and EastEnders. A stage adaptation of Tolkien's Farmer Giles of Ham toured East Anglia in 2002.

Guest reader: Gilly Adams, Director, BBC Wales Writers' Unit

Further details available from Tŷ Newydd 01766 522 811
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