Speaking in Tongues: Poetry & Theatre’s Intersection

Speaking in Tongues: Poetry & Theatre’s Intersection

Bring your poetic skills to theatrical writing and see your work performed by professional actors

In this course, led by Jacqueline Saphra (poet and playwright) and guest tutor Tamar Saphra (theatre director and dramaturg), you’ll be following in a long tradition of poets as playwrights – going back to the Greeks, Shakespeare, and Aphra Behn, and forward to contemporary writers like Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane. You’ll examine how the sound, shape, and techniques of poetic language add to the live theatre experience, as well as exploring narrative and dramatic structure, and using your poetic voice to create characters and dialogue. Over the course you’ll write a short play, with input from Tamar as dramaturg and Jacqueline as playwright; in the final session, under Tamar’s direction, actors will workshop your newly-fledged dramas and bring them to life.

5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays 6.45–8.45pm. 15 October, 29 October, 12 November, 26 November, with the final session on Sunday 8 December.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact administration@poetryschool.com for further information.
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About Jacqueline Saphra View Profile

Jacqueline Saphra is a playwright, screenwriter, poet, and keen collaborator. Her first book, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye 2011) was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women was published by The Emma Press in 2017 and won the Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. In 2017, A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller (Hercules Editions 2017) was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award and most recent collection, All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches, 2017), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize. She lives in London.

Tamar Saphra is a theatre director and a dramaturg and works collaboratively with playwrights to develop new plays. She trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and is a Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre. Tamar regularly experiments across artistic form, collaborating with artists, composers, and writers, and her more recent work is preoccupied with creatively integrating D/deaf and disabled access into the theatre-making process. She is currently a script reader at the National Theatre, the Almeida, and for the Bruntwood Prize, and has previously read for the Papatango Prize and the Bush Theatre. Tamar is co-founder of Rough-Hewn (roughhewn.org), a script reading service offering dramaturgical support to playwrights.

‘Poetry School courses push me into writing more and stretch my ideas.’

– Autumn 2018 survey response

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