Directing Workshop

Directing for WRiTEON

Leader: Julia Bolden
Date: Sunday 13th April 2014, 11.30am to 5.30pm
Venue: Corpus Playroom, 10 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ
Cost: £25 (members/concessions £20) from

Members should e-mail prior to booking, to claim their discount. (See membership for details of how to join.)

In the run-up to MaD (Monologues and Duologues), WRiTEON’s chairperson and artistic director of several seasons of MaD and First Stage (formerly Naked Stage), Julia Bolden will again lead a workshop on directing script-in-hand performances of new writing. This has been run on three previous occasions and several participants went on to make a great job of directing staged readings for WRiTEON.

The workshop is open to writers and actors wanting to find out what directing involves (whether or not they intend to go on to direct) as well as those with directing experience who would like to focus more specifically on directing new writing.

Topics covered include:

  • Imaginative use of limited space and basic furniture
  • Getting the best out of the actors
  • Working with the writer
  • Taking responsibility for the whole picture

Julia has directed numerous staged readings for WRiTEON in MaD and Naked/First Stage, as well as in Table Talk, ANGLES and A Twist of Lemon.

Comments from previous Directing Workshop participants:

“Brilliant Creative Directing workshop. Superb preparation and organisation, challenging activities, not a dull second. I am inspired!”

“Useful and fun. The process of the workshop was well-designed, great skill in facilitation.”

“The sessions after lunch when we started directing brought the whole thing alive and the embedding of learning really took off – a very valuable introduction to directing”

“Very interesting and very enjoyable. I think this workshop is relevant to experienced directors and beginners alike.”