Talkfest offers aspiring theatremakers an insight into life behind the scenes
Douglas Maxwell, Peter Arnott and Oliver Emanuel are among the speakers and directors attending
Based in the CCA but perhaps most familiar from its annual forays across to the Edinburgh Fringe, the Playwrights’ Studio has been supporting the creation of new writing for a decade. Through a wide range of events, it has offered opportunities to writers at all stages of their careers, and to celebrate its tenth anniversary, it’s taking Talkfest to the Tron.
True to the organisation’s history, there is a comprehensive selection of guest speakers. ‘We’ve got a real mix of writers at different stages in their careers,’ says general manager Emma McKee. ‘We are kicking off with the collective we support, Stage to Page, which is for writers at the very start of their careers. And we’re working with several writers for the reading, and a new translation of Mother Courage by Tom Leonard which is being directed by Tam Dean Burn.’
Within the mixture of workshops and plays, there are some dramatic experiments: Peter Arnott and a team of actors will spend a day responding to two new plays, sight unseen, before presenting their research to an audience. Meanwhile, Michael Emans (from Rapture Theatre) directs The Sin Eaters, a ‘Scottish Gothic’ script from Ronan O’Donnell. The Tron itself has been active in developing new work, and McKee recognises that the venue is a good fit. Having a popular bar alongside the two theatre spaces, it is ideal for the ongoing conversations that the programme encourages.
With speakers including Douglas Maxwell (a sprightly and entertaining lecturer as well as a successful playwright through works like A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity) and Oliver Emanuel, fresh from the success of Dragon, Talkfest offers both advice to aspiring authors and an insight into the often hidden lives behind the scripts.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 31 Mar–Sat 5 Apr.