Avaes Mohammad, Poet and New Writing TDA

New writing course

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Tamasha New Writing is Tamasha’s pioneering training initiative for eight emerging writers, interested in intracultural theatre practice, who are keen to pursue a career in theatre.

Previous course information:
18th – 22nd March.    Venue: London venue (tbc)
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 5th March 2013 at midday
This opportunity is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds.

This training is for ten emerging or aspiring playwrights who are interested in exploring stories that are often left untold. We would particularly welcome applications from writers offering a window into aspects of multi-cultural life.

This intensive one week course seeks to develop the uniquely subjective voices of the participants.
You might be a young, aspiring playwright or an established artist looking to develop your theatre writing skills. We will explore dynamic methodologies, offering a toolkit for writers to refine their own approach and voice.

Previous participants have formed long-term and fruitful relationships with Tamasha as well as the wider industry. Ishy Din, writer of Snookered took part in this course and is an example of the unique journey that TDA can offer, supporting talented artists towards commissioning and production.

"I used to be a taxi driver and now I’m a playwright who drives a taxi. I feel privileged that Tamasha has afforded me the opportunity to express myself, otherwise my voice as a northern British Asian would be muted and my attempts to open a window on a largely unexplored world would be firmly shut." 
Ishy Din, Participant in Tamasha New Writing and writer of Snookered

The Approach:

*Training will be offered based on Tamasha’s intracultural practice which looks at the political through the personal and is inspired by real life.
 *You will explore techniques and methodologies that offer an insight into developing texts from real people and communities and transposing works of literature.
*Writers will work with Tamasha Co-Artistic Director, Sudha Bhuchar and leading playwright and dramaturg, Philip Osment as well as a prominent guest speaker. We will grapple with how the writer brings themselves to the subject they write about and offer ways of excavating inspiring stories through character. 

Course participants will benefit from:
*individual mentoring as you explore your voice and practice
 a one-to-on with the course directors to discuss any projects that you’re working on

Course fee
This full time, 1 week course is offered at a rate of £250 to successful applicants
Please note, Tamasha does not directly provide accommodation for participants and cannot offer any further contribution towards travel costs to/from or during the course.

How to apply:
Applications should include:
1    A statement of interest, which should cover the following;
a)    What is your particular interest in this training course?
b)    Previous experience that may be relevant to this training (this may include education; employment, work experience or information about your background)
c)    In what ways are you aiming for or pursuing a career in professional theatre?
d)    What have you identified as your strengths and needs in your professional development and how do you see the course addressing these?
   A short, recent example of your writing for theatre. We would like to receive no more than 1 scene; to a maximum of 6 pages (monologues are also acceptable). We will be looking at your use of dialogue and character development. At this stage we will not be looking at structure.
   A copy of your current CV if you have one (with details of 2 referees). This does not have to specifically refer to your writing interests.
4    A completed New Writing Data Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (download the full application pack here)

Tamasha Developing Artists is an artist-led professional development programme for emerging British theatre artists. Launched in 2004, the programme aims to train and nurture the artistic individuality of the theatre voices of tomorrow. This ongoing membership programme offers workshops, intensive training initiatives, masterclasses and traineeships, as well as ongoing support through an information service. It aims to be the place to look for a new generation of theatre artists, and to be a direct platform into professional employment.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact Felicity on admin@tamasha.org.uk