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Scriptwriting: From Page to Performance

24 May @ 18:30 - 20:30

About this Event

With actor Jack Brett Anderson and award-winning writer Tina Jay, this 2-hour workshop will cover the process of bringing a script to life, working alongside a director and cast, whilst looking at the techniques and processes for creating and developing a contemporarily engaging and inspiring script, both for the Theatre and TV.

The course will involve considering and discussing the different processes and demands in writing engaging scripts for theatre, film and TV. Looking at what makes a script that excites and succeeds in the current market, whilst also giving the opportunity to hear from an actor/director’s viewpoint. What are the key points about a script that ignites their interest, and makes them want to perform or direct it?

Considering the current opportunities available for the production of new scripts, including producing your own work, booking a theatre, and the opportunities available for applying for funding. On moving from page to performance, looking at the importance of a strong interactive working relationship and creative vision between writer and director, for bringing a script successfully to life. Looking at the writer’s involvement in the rehearsal process, and the choices made in casting, set design, lighting and sound effects.

Throughout this session, you will…

  • Explore the differences between writing for stage, film and TV, including the formatting of scripts, and the recommended length/pages for each.
  • Understand the importance of ensuring your ideas/characters are able to engage effectively with themes and issues of the contemporary world, even if the story is set in a different time period.
  • Engage with the process of bringing a script from page to performance, and looking at the importance of teamwork, including working alongside a director, and the decisions made in all areas of production, including casting, set design, lighting and sound effects.
  • Learn from an actor/director’s viewpoint, what are the key points they look for in a script, which ignites their interest, and makes them want to perform or direct it.
  • Discuss the opportunities available for new writers, including applying for funding, and the importance of making contacts, and building good team relationships within the industry.

About Jack and Tina

Jack Brett Anderson’s numerous acting roles include lead role Matei in BBC’s WOLFBLOOD, and Gery Pieret in GENIUS: PICASSO, alongside Antonio Banderas. Tina Jay’s an award-winning writer, having won both the International Student Playscript Competition, and Kenneth Branagh Award for New Writing.

Jack and Tina first worked together when Jack played the two lead roles in her play HELD, at Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden, with Jack directing her recent play SYNDROME in London last February – the production receiving 5-star reviews and 2 Offie Nominations. They are currently writing together on a number of new projects.

Book your place

Tickets cost £20 for NWS Members and £25 for general admission. Book your place, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.



This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both. A link will be sent out shortly before the workshop starts to the email address you enter at the time of booking.


24 May
18:30 - 20:30
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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