Writing for the Stage

Course 1 – The Basics


A 12hour course over six weeks, ‘Writing for the Stage-The Basics‘ gives you an inspiring hands-on experience whether you are a beginner with a desire to start developing your own scripts or an experienced playwright in search of a different perspective.

The course consists of a balanced program that covers the basics of script writing for the stage with reference to works and methods used by some of the greatest playwrights of all time, in conjunction with more personal sessions where you may develop your own writing. Developed and delivered by the teacher, playwright and theatre producer and director, Anton Bonnici, this course aims to fill a sadly still neglected area in the Parisian theatre scene – training in professional writing for the stage in English.


Start Date – Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Time – 7pm

Venue – The Paris American Academy of Fashion & Design, 275 rue St Jacques 75005 Paris

The course will continue every week, on Tuesdays same time & same place, for six consecutive weeks, last session will be on Tuesday the 26th of June.

Price – The full price is 300eur paid in three installments;

Installment 1 – 50eur at the time of registration prior to the start of the course.

Installment 2 – 150eur at the start of the course on the 1st session.

Installment 3 – 100eur on the first session in June.

Students under the age of 22 are offered the discounted price of 240eur.

Payments can be made in Cheque, Cash or Bank Transfer.

Course Programme:

Session 1 – Starting Points

Session 2 –  Structure

Session 3 – Character

Session 4 – Anatomy of a Scene Part 1

Session 5 – Anatomy of a Scene Part 2

Session 6 – Climax and Resolution

Throughout the course each student will be developing their own piece of writing for the stage. This could be a new work developed specifically for the course or a previously developed work that they feel the need to re-work with some mentoring. Over the six sessions we’ll be delving deep in each topic to discuss practical difficulties that every playwright must face, but also more specific obstacles that the individual writers on the course are facing in their own writing.

To elucidate on specific strategies and choices we shall explore excerpts from the texts of William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Thornton Wilder, Peter Shaffer, Tennessee Williams, Tom Stoppard, David Mamet & Caryl Churchill.

Each session will involve a lecture based analysis of a selection from the texts followed with group and individual writing exercises to test out the specific skills under discussion.

No prior reading or knowledge of the texts is necessary for the course. All reading materials will be provided.

Please contact Anton Bonnici at antonbonnici@ofpottersdemons.com for more information or to register.