Playwriting With Matt Hartley & Amy Rosenthal, Guest Mark Rosenblatt

Playwriting With Matt Hartley & Amy Rosenthal, Guest Mark Rosenblatt

Date(s) - Mon 20th Sep - Sat 25th Sep, 2021

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

What makes a cracking piece of theatre? How do you find your voice as a playwright? How might you begin to think about story, action and plot? How can character and location inform your ideas? In a course aimed at new and developing writers, we’ll look at these questions and more, exploring dramatic structure and how to work it to your advantage, balancing craft with inspiration, and taking your play from first to final draft.

Matt Hartley’s first play Sixty Five Miles won a Bruntwood Award and since then he has forged a career writing for theatre, television and radio. His theatre work has been performed at venues including Shakespeare’s Globe (Eyam), Royal Shakespeare Company (Myth), Hampstead Theatre (Deposit) and Pentabus Theatre (Here I Belong) and is regularly produced and revived internationally. Matt is a frequent writing tutor for venues including: National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sherman Theatre and The Bristol Old Vic. Matt is currently creating new shows for venues including: Wales Millennium Centre, Sherman Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and the Leeds Playhouse.

Amy Rosenthal has written extensively for stage and radio and her work has been performed internationally. Plays include Sitting Pretty, Henna Night and On The Rocks (shortlisted for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for female dramatists). Her new play The Party Girls, about the infamous Mitford sisters, will tour the UK in autumn 2020. Amy is currently working on an audio-dramatisation of a novel, The Time of Ostriches, and is under commission to Hampstead Theatre. She is a part-time lecturer on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck College.

Mark Rosenblatt is a theatre director and filmmaker. He has spent 20 years directing new and classic plays around the UK as well as in New York and Japan. He was Studio Associate at the National Theatre from 2011-13 and Associate Director of Leeds Playhouse from 2013-16. In 2008 he met a man on the tube who turned out to be a film producer who got him started writing screenplays. Making Noise Quietly, for which he co-wrote the screenplay, opened in UK cinemas in 2019, and he recently directed his first original short screenplay, Ganef, which is currently on the international festival circuit.

If you want to attend a course with a family member, or someone within your extended household please do let us know and we can arrange use of our former twin rooms. These are available at £600 per person.


Please note, due to Covid-19, all residential courses and retreats will likely run with a smaller number of participants than normal, which may change depending on Scottish Government regulations at the time. We will provide a fully catered service, offering delicious and nutritious meals and snacks to allow you to fully immerse yourself in your writing.  Prior to your visit with us, we will provide information about our virus mitigation measures and send you our Covid-19 guidance notes.

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Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.


This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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