JOURNALISTIC TECHNIQUES IN WRITING FOR THEATRE – part 2
workshop online by Elise Wilk

Info

WHEN: 19-23 APRIL 2021
WHERE: online sessions on ZOOM
FOR: AUTHORS, WRITERS, JOURNALISTS
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 8

Most contemporary plays are based on rigorous documentation of the subjects they deal with, the playwright relying on his working process on techniques specific to journalism. The methods may vary. Thus, the playwright may use press articles for his documentation, especially when writing about topics he is unfamiliar with, or he may use specific journalistic tools for his research. Very often, plays are inspired by magazine and newspaper articles.

«During the workshop, we will discuss our own research techniques (I will show examples from my own practice, but also from the practice of other artists). The participants will choose a real event and fictionalise it, gather press materials or interview people in order to find out as much as possible about the topic they want to address. Together, we will select the most relevant information and turn them into a play. The lab will have two main focuses of investigation: the choice of titles and the construction / deconstruction of the clichés».

The project, promoted by Roma Culture, is the winner of the public notice Contemporaneamente Roma 2020-2021-2022 cured by the Department of Cultural Activities and realised in collaboration with SIAE.