Playwriting With Amy Rosenthal & Mark Rosenblatt, Guest Ella Hickson

Playwriting With Amy Rosenthal & Mark Rosenblatt, Guest Ella Hickson

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.

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.

Ella Hickson is an award-winning writer whose work has been performed throughout the UK and abroad. Her play Oil opened the Almeida Theatre in October 2017 and her show The Writer opened there in spring 2018. She is developing new work for The National Theatre, The Old Vic and Manhattan Theatre Club. She is also developing various projects for TV and film.

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.


Covid Update 19th Aug 2021 (subject to change): Please note, due to Covid-19, all residential courses and retreats at this time will be fully catered, 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.


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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