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Monthly writers/composers workshop their short pieces of theatre writing with a bunch of actors for 1h, present it to each other and exchange feedback. A safe space to workout creativity and artistry for writers/composers and actors alike. Currently on Zoom.

Hosted by Benjamin Froehlich and Madeleine Leslay

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but try one session

for free

become a member

Sign up as a WRITER/COMPOSER

by submitting your piece of writing

(a draft is fine by the deadline - you can keep working on it - we only need the final version for the workout 24h prior to the session)

We welcome both

excerpts of scripts of any subject

and

scenes written specifically for the session as your workout challenge inspired by the NEWS following our slogan: learn from the past, create in the present, challenge the future.

SPOKEN SCENES

Cast: 2 roles minimum

Length: We suggest to work on 5-8min of material. You can use the 1h to work on more but notice that the time to present and collect feedback at the end of the session is limited to 15min per piece. Consider our list of set ups to find the right one for you.

We can help with making cuts.

Materials: You'll have to provide us with your scene in electronic form to share with the your cast. Check clarity of layout for your cast.

SONGS

Cast: The set up you are choosing to work with your cast will inform what size your cast can be - on Zoom only solo songs are possible - working in person and connect to the meeting on Zoom as a group allows bigger casts.

Length: We suggest to work on 5-8min of material (song or scene/song). You can use the 1h to work on more but notice that the time to present and collect feedback at the end of the session is limited to 15min per piece.

We can help with making cuts.

Materials: You'll have to provide some form of sheet music, vocal guides, backing track for the actor to prepare and for the session to work. We can help with that though.

You'll be working with your cast as directly. We are happy to give you advice on how to lead/structure such a session if that is out of your comfort zone. You are welcome to bring along other co-creators of your project to the session. You can record the showing and the feedback round for your internal use only.

Sign up as an ACTOR

by confirming your availability

If we can't offer you a part (always depends on the scripts and numbers of actors available for a session), you can join the session as a JOKER to jump in if another actor drops out. All remaining JOKERS will form a group and are given some keywords to improvise a short scene to present with the submitted scripts. So every actor signing up can join the session and be actively involved.

Actors in a spoken scene will receive scripts only the evening before the session to read through the piece. No need to be off book.

Actors in a sung scene will receive sheet music, vocal guide and backing track a few days in advance to get familiar with the material. No need to be off book either.

EVENT STRUCTURE

- Short Meet and Greet

- Workout Session in separate groups(1h)

- Presentation to the other groups followed by feedback round (approx. 15min per piece)

possible SET UPS to join

Purely on Zoom

You and your cast all individually join virtually form their devices.

Hybrid I

You are connecting virtually to your cast (actors or musician&singer) which is working in person but connecting with you virtually in a breakout room as a whole group from one device. There might be costs arising for room hire and travel.

Hybrid II

You and your cast are meeting in person and are connecting virtually to the session as a group over one device. There might be costs arising for room hire and travel.

open to other variations