BRITISH COUNCIL THEATRE WORKSHOP SETS OFF IN SYRIA

Twenty-one young Arab dramatists will participate in the workshop

-Alarabonline-

Two acclaimed British playwrights will join twenty-one young dramatists from seven Arab countries in a workshop that discusses new theatrical writing techniques.

The manifestation will be held from the 22nd of April to the 26th in the Syrian capital, Damascus and will be an opportunity for the participants to improve and develop dramaturgy and their already-acquired writing skills.
The emerging young playwrights from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia were selected from over a hundred writers who had applied to participate in the “New Writing for Theatre” project managed by the British Council in the Near East and North Africa regions in partnership with the Royal Court Theatre in London.

Two leading UK playwrights David Greig and April De Angelis together with Elyse Dodgson, Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre will join the young writers during the workshop.

The aim of the project is to enable each participant to start developing a new contemporary play which will be supported and finalised through a series of workshops in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre.

The project will be concluded with public readings and presentations of the plays in the Near East and North Africa regions and at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

The “New Writing for Theatre” project is part of a wider one, managed by the British Council and entitled “Literature and New Writing project”, that aims at providing links and collaboration opportunities for publishers, translators, writers and playwrights in the Near East, North Africa regions and the UK.

The project started two years ago in Syria.

At that time, students of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus were working, under the auspices of Scottish playwright David Greig, on writing their plays.The venture ended with public readings in Syria and the Royal Court Theatre in London last year.

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