Busy schedule of events for Drama Fringe Festival

To celebrate the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival, Athlone Arts & Tourism will host two fringe events: a playwriting workshop with Michelle Read on Saturday, April 30, and a stage management workshop with Kate Ferris on Thursday, May 5.

Michelle Read is a Dublin-based playwright and dramaturge with a breadth of production experience and Masters degrees in dramaturgy and screenwriting. In this 2.5-hour introductory course, through writing exercises, discussion and scene analysis, participants will learn about dynamic characters, engaging stories, active dialogue, clear stage pictures, and how to create script for live performance.

The playwriting course will be held on Saturday, April 30 with two sessions to choose from: 10.30am-1pm or 2-4.30pm. The cost is €20.

Kate Ferris has worked as a production, stage, and event manager with Australian companies and festivals including C!RCA, Queensland Theatre Company, LaBoite Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, Malthouse Theatre Company and David Atkins Enterprises (15th Asian Games, Doha, Qatar ). Kate is currently head of stage management in The Lir Academy at Trinity College Dublin where she is responsible for training student stage managers.

In her 2.5-hour introduction to stage management course, participants will learn what stage management is and why we need it, how the stage management team roles and responsibilities are divided, how to run a rehearsal room including blocking, prompting, and reporting, an introduction to creating a prompt copy, and calling cues for production.

The stage management course will be held on Thursday, May 5 with two sessions to choose from: 10am-12.30pm or 1.30-4pm. The cost is €20.

The courses are suitable for those aged 16 years and over, with an interest in writing for stage, performance, or production.

Both courses will take place at Luan Gallery. Places are very limited so pre-booking is essential, along with €20 prepayment to secure your place.

To book your place, contact Luan Galley on (090 ) 6442154.

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