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Coracle in partnership with Alphabetti Theatre,
supported by Arts Council England present
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A writing workshop series  with Lizi Patch

Pay What You Feel
9 writers (from absolute beginners to writers who've had their work produced) have written 5 minute response pieces to Lizi Patch's Down To Zero, after attending a series of writing workshops.
We present a showcase rehearsed reading of their work, read by STEVE BYRON, CHRISTINA DAWSON and ARABELLA ARNOTT at 9pm at Alphabetti Theatre on Friday 12 July.
Running time 60 mins
The plays are by:
Micky Cochrane, Brogan Gilbert,
Mhairi Ledgerwood, Nicola Owen,
Claire Perry, Stuart Scott,
Gillian Swan, Alex Tahnee
and Hannah Wilkin.
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About the Workshops:


Down to Zero is a darkly funny new play by Lizi Patch about two people, furiously in love, struggling to stay afloat as the past threatens to sink their future.  More about the play here

The run was supported by a series of response pieces by a diverse mix of artists, writers, poets and musicians.  


As part of the response programme Coracle are running "Down to You" - 3 writing workshops followed by a rehearsed reading by professional actors.


Lizi Patch will mentor you through a series of 2 hour workshops on 20 June and 9 July using Down to Zero as the springboard for you to write a 5-10 minute drama. Expect discussion, exploration of style, story, structure, character and dialogue, and focused writing exercises with deadlines both in the room and between workshops. You will be given the opportunity to hear each other’s work, giving and receiving feedback over the course of the 3 workshops (with a sharing and feedback session with the team behind "Down to Zero" on the 29 June session) - which will culminate in a rehearsed reading of each short play by professional actors on 12 July.   Some of the sessions may include opportunities for Q&A with other creatives and writers involved in the production of Down to Zero.


Down To You is for writers at any stage who are excited by the prospect of sharing and honing ideas from the page to performance. You need to welcome the opportunity to work in a vibrant and collaborative atmosphere with time alone to develop work between the sessions.  


Writing includes: Punching The Sky (in partnership with Live, Lowry, Leeds Playhouse, Hull Truck Studio and Soho Theatre), Down To Zero (Alphabetti), Brief Lives (BBC Radio 4), Bubble and Life Turns on a Penny (Carrigaworks Academy), Truth (Leeds Playhouse and Carriageworks Studio). 

Dramaturgy includes: Grand Writers Platform 2019 (Mentoring four Leeds University MA Playwrights) in collaboration with Leeds Actors in Training (Leeds Grand Theatre, Seven Arts), Dripping Riots (Carriageworks Main House), Echoes (Holocaust Memorial Day, Leeds Town Hall) Elephant (in partnership with National Circus and Milton Lopes). 

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