Here is the Play ‘what I wrote’

Now before you start to complain about spelling and grammar, those of you old enough to remember Morecambe and Wise will know that ‘Little Ern’ always fancied himself as a playwright and managed to rope in some of the major stars of the day to appear in them.

Ernie’s plays were, for want of a better word, ‘interesting’ – he thought he was brilliant, but sadly, he was the only one!!


It is said, however, that we all have a novel in us, so why not a play as well?


If you’ve always wondered how to put a play together from page to stage, then Coventry University is offering a weekly evening course to help you realise your ambition.


Competitively priced at £120, the ‘Getting Started as a Playwright’ is led by Vanessa Oakes. She has written plays and text for a wide variety of people and spaces.


Her words have been performed in theatres, art galleries and museums, community spaces, coal vaults, beneath a ring road, in an award-winning bungalow and at Latitude.


So in other words, she knows what she’s talking about!


The course introduces you to the practical writing skills needed to complete a play for the theatre by suggesting a range of tools and exercises to help you find your own distinct voice.


Alyson Morris, Senior Lecturer in English at Coventry University said:

“We are very fortunate to have secured the services of Vanessa Oakes, who is a Coventry-based writer and has been to the University before and has had excellent reviews for her work. This course is ideal for those people who have ideas for plays but are not sure what to do with them and how to go about it. If anyone can show you, Vanessa can!”


Vanessa Oakes originally trained as a theatre designer and worked extensively in scenography, community arts and arts administration before becoming a full-time playwright in 2007.


Her recent plays include:  A New Way of Living (and some), Runaway Boy (Teatro Youth Theatre), Do What You Do (Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery Centenary community tour), The Oracle of the Taprooms (George Eliot Writer in Residence), Lost in Paradise CV6 (Belgrade Theatre) and Live Like Us (Belgrade Theatre to name but a few.


The course runs on Thursdays from 6th October to 17th November, from 6-8pm. For more information please follow this link: Click Here


For more information on Vanessa Oakes, visit her website Click Here



Written by Ali Bushnell

Edited by Esmé Spurling 


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