monologues workshop

picture-for-nonologue-workshopMe, myself and I – an introduction to Monologue writing

Led by Gemma Langford (photo – Gemma in rehearsal for her play, “Numb” – Barons Court Theatre in January)

Venue – Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX (upstairs in The Board Room)

Dates – Tuesdays 21st & 28th April, 5th & 12th May 2015

Time – 7.30pm-9.30pm (If there is enough interest to fill 2 courses, these may be run on the same 4 nights at

5.30pm-7.30pm & 8.00pm-10.00pm and participants will be given a choice of time)

Cost – £60 (non-members), £50 (paid-up WRiTEON members)

Bookings – e-mail workshops@writeon.org.uk to reserve your place and you will be sent payment details

With WRITEON’s 2015 MaD (Monologues and Duologues) Festival submission date just around the corner (Sunday 17th May), you may be a writer in search of a voice. If so, join us for a series of workshops where together we will create a character who stands out from the crowd. In a relaxed and supportive environment, you will hone your craft as a dramatist. We will be covering themes including finding your muse, asking the big questions and writing an active speech which keeps the audience gripped and sprints your story forward. We will also look at subtext, story structure and how you can create a full arc for your character and give them an individual voice that is very separate from your own. Your character will have a full rich world and during our time together you will learn what it is to become engrossed in a person you have created from scratch and brought to life.

During this time you will also have personal one -on-ones where you will be encouraged and guided as together we bring out the very best in you as an artist.

This course is aimed at writers in the early days of writing or those who would like to polish up on their tools. Whatever your background, come and be inspired and invigorated. After an exciting 4 weeks you will leave with a craft which will take your forward as a writer, as well as a monologue that goes beyond the norm. 

Gemma Langford is a Manchester born playwright who trained as an actress at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she was awarded the National Lottery Bursary and further financial support from Sir Richard Attenborough. Gemma has appeared on stage (with various companies, including The Royal Exchange and Northampton Royal Theatre) and TV (including Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and The Broken Commandments for the BBC). Gemma has also worked with the LSW Prison Project, bringing Shakespeare to inmates, both as an actress and a workshop leader. As a writer, she had her first full length play short listed for the prestigious Bruntwood prize, won a place on the Jerwood Mentoring Scheme, was chosen for “The Twelve” at The Royal Exchange Theatre and became a writer in residence for Theatre503, as part of the “503five” with whom she is developing a full length play. She leads scriptwriting classes at the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts, where two of her students have won places on the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and another has been accepted to study at Central School of Speech and Drama.