Meet the Mentors! Scriptwriting coach Hugh Dichmont
This month for our ‘Meet the Members’ feature, we’re doing something a little different and taking a moment to introduce you to our fantastic scriptwriting coach Hugh Dichmont!
Hugh is a multi-award-winning script writer across theatre, film and audio who’s had works performed across the UK, including Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre 503 and The Vaults.
His 2018 one-man show, ‘The War On Terry’, was listed by FringeReview as one of their Top Ten Plays Not To Miss, whilst his “funny and surreal” podcast, ‘The Future History of the British Isles’, was rated ★★★★★ by iTunes subscribers.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
Well, I’m a scriptwriter who’s made lots of work for theatre – winning some awards along the way! – wrote a dark comedy podcast about the end of the world, and currently have a few short films in development. I also run my own theatre company, INFLUENCING MACHINE.
What are the perks of a coaching package with you?
I have a really sound understanding of scriptwriting theory, but I am also a keen believer in finding ways for us writers to channel our innate uniqueness; to have craft, but also fun. As a mentor, my aim is to help lead you towards that. I have been through the ups and downs myself, so would bring my experience both as writer and teacher to hopefully help you and your scripts!
What do you love most about writing?
I love making people laugh, usually out of disbelief, horror, recognition of self; exploring dark, often absurd narratives that tread the line between comedy and drama. I love building new worlds- ones that are strange but familiar. Oddball characters making do.
What’s been your proudest writing achievement to date?
The greatest pleasure I get is when ideas I have been living with come together in a really simple way. These moments are so rare, and are worked for through frustration, doubt and many many missteps on the way. So I would say that. Although… winning the Bread & Roses Playwriting Award was also nice. We work for so little recognition, when some arrives, it feels like it has all been worth it.
What wisdom from your experiences would you like to impart on other writers?
Writing is not enough if you want to have a career as a writer. Be involved, meet people, make stuff, expand your horizons. Don’t wait to be “discovered”. Have fun with your creativity.