LPB Workshop: Writing a play for the Edinburgh Fringe

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It has provided the springboard for countless successful productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Fleabag. But where does the process of mounting a new play at the Fringe begin?

In 2012, Freddie Machin wrote and performed a one-man show based on the early life of Winston Churchill. Thanks to its exposure at the fringe, he then took the production on a UK tour. Drawing on this experience and looking ahead to Edinburgh 2019, Freddie will lead the group through the process of writing a one-act play, paying specific consideration to the demands of the festival.

The six-week course will also cover the fundamentals of producing a show at Edinburgh to include deadlines, budgets, flyering, reviews, and the future life of your play.

Who’s it for: this course is open to writers of all levels with an interest in the fringe, and will be particularly applicable to those writers considering taking a play of their own to Edinburgh 2019.

Course dates: Thursdays 7pm – 9pm from 20 September 2018 – 25 October 2018 (6 weeks)

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £108 members rate, includes 20% discount.

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If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Based on his play of the same title, Freddie Machin wrote the feature film Chicken, which got its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it received its network premiere on FilmFour. Freddie’s other plays include: The Real Estate, Candy Cansino Checks In (Italia Conti), Nailhouse (Old Red Lion), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), The Revenge of Martha G. (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Waste Your Bullets on the Dead (Vault Festival), Chicken (Southwark Playhouse). Freddie is a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018, and teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy. www.freddiemachin.com www.chickenthefilm.com @Freddie_Machin

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