Go deep 

Young & Hungry offers a range of workshops for you to go deeper in your learning of theatre related topics. These workshops are aimed at tertiary students, senior secondary students and emerging theatre practitioners. 

Coming up…

PLAYWRITING with dave armstrong – WORKSHOP

WHEN: Saturdays 15 & 22 September        TIME:  9.30am – coffee & set-up,  10am – 4pm

WHERE: Young & Hungry rehearsal rooms, Level 4, Anvil House, Wakefield Street, Wellington

COST: $75 (GST inclusive) 

Course Outline:

This two-day course looks at the basics of playwriting. The first day will include class exercises and an overview of the playwriting process. The second day will include workshopping of scenes and scripts that students have written over the previous week. The course will cover the following topics:

Getting started ­– themes, ideas, genre and structure. What is your play really about? How to write an outline and what to do before writing a draft. 

Characters – how to write engaging, three-dimensional characters. How diverse is your cast?  Character arcs and obstacles. How to avoid caricatures and clichés. Some exercises to make you know your characters better.

Scene structure – what makes a good scene? Beginnings, endings, turning points, climaxes and changes in status.

Dialogue – how to write good believable dialogue including, voice, pace, and subtext. How to write dialogue for characters you may not ‘know’. How to avoid being too ‘on the nose’ and expositional.

First draft – bashing out a draft. Writing ‘fast and bad’, and how to get to the end.

Rewriting – how to turn an okay first draft into a great final draft. Tips for revising, polishing, workshopping and getting a play on stage.


Dave armstrong

Dave Armstrong is one of New Zealand’s best-known playwrights. His plays include Central, Anzac Eve, Niu Sila (with Oscar Kightley), The Tutor, King and Country, Le Sud, The Motor Camp, Rita and Douglas, where we once belonged (with Sia Figiel), and Kings of the Gym. Dave has won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Best New New Zealand Play three times (Niu Sila, The Tutor, where we once belonged) and his play Central won the 2015 Writers Guild SWANZ award for Best Play. Dave’s works for children include Magnolia Street, the children’s opera Kia Ora Khalid (with Gareth Farr), as well as adaptations of Margaret Mahy’s The Singing Bus Queue and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Dave co-wrote the children’s movie, Kiwi Christmas, which was released in 2017. Dave has written two Young & Hungry plays – RPM and Fast Food.

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