Good plays are hotbeds of conflict. Conflict is when someone wants something really badly, but has trouble getting it. This masterclass will focus on a range of exercises to help craft a core character who will pursue a core goal, driving the play through to the very end. Participants can work on an existing play, or sow the seeds for a new one.
Topics covered include:
- Refining the issue you want to explore
- Generating a protagonist to explore this issue through
- Creating the ‘Central, Unanswerable Question’ to drive the play’s journey
- Visualising your start, middle and end points
- Forces of antagonism: what stops your character getting what they want?
- How to keep your character pushing through the principles of ‘Action/Reaction’, and
- ‘Upping the Stakes’.
Mary Anne Butler – Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin-based playwright whose plays have won the Victorian Prize for Literature, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, two NT Chief Minister’s Book of the Year Awards and four NT Literary Awards for Best Script.
Nominations include two Nick Enright Awards [NSW Literary Awards], the Griffin Theatre Award and a Stage AWGIE. She’s a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, Arts NT Fellow, Winston Churchill Fellow, Regional Arts Fellow and Asialink Fellow, and she’s a co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre.
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