Story to Stage

Story to Stage (adapting short stories for the stage)

Leader: Fraser Grace
Date: Saturday 7th September 2013, 12.45pm to 5.45pm
Venue: Ross Street Community Centre, Cambridge, CB1 3UZ
Cost: £25 (members/concessions £20)

To register, e-mail workshops@writeon.org.uk with Story to Stage in the subject line. You will be sent a Paypal link via which to make your payment (you do not need a Paypal account to use the link).

What are the differences between a short story and a piece of drama and how do you turn the former into the latter?

The aim of this workshop will be to explore some of the processes involved and issues encountered in adapting prose fiction for the stage.

Bring a story (big or small as you like, yours or someone else’s) that you want to adapt into a play. The only rule is that you are familiar with it, and that your familiarity is fresh.

Fraser will be referring to William Wharton’s novel, Birdy, during the workshop so you might like to read that beforehand, if you have time.

Fraser Grace is an award-winning local playwright with a long association with Cambridge-based Menagerie Theatre Company, who have produced a number of his plays. He is best known for his theatre plays, which include Perpetua (Verity Bargate Award), Breakfast with Mugabe (RSC, John Whiting Award), Frobisher’s Gold, Who Killed Mr Drum (Riverside Studios), Gifts of War (Menagerie’s Hotbed and Latchmere Theatre), Butterfly Fingers (Soho Theatre & Menagerie’s Hotbed), Tongues (Menagerie), The Lifesavers and King David, Man of Blood. His latest work, Spate was presented at The Junction, Cambridge, as part of Menagerie’s 2013 Hotbed Festival and his play, Breakfast with Mugabe is currently running in New York. He has also worked as an actor and performance poet, has taught at Anglia Ruskin and now teaches at Birmingham University.

One participant in a previous workshop run by Fraser for WRiTEON, earlier this year, says:

“The exercises we did to inspire and plan out our ideas were very helpful to me – the emphasis on ‘writing down everything’ rather than coming up with a coherent story from the beginning was an approach I found particularly helpful as it meant I could elaborate on the ideas I already had and explore them in much greater depth, so I now feel much better placed to begin writing my script.”