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15 January 2022

Telepathy and Writing for stage 15th and 22nd Jan



Descriptions - making the audience see without a picture

“Look- here's a table covered with red cloth. On it is a cage the size of a small fish aquarium. In the cage is a white rabbit with a pink nose and pink-rimmed eyes. [...] On its back, clearly marked in blue ink, is the numeral 8. [...] The most interesting thing here isn't even the carrot-munching rabbit in the cage, but the number on its back. Not a six, not a four, not nineteen-point-five. It's an eight. This is what we're looking at, and we all see it. I didn't tell you. You didn't ask me. I never opened my mouth and you never opened yours. We're not even in the same year together, let alone the same room... except we are together. We are close. We're having a meeting of the minds. [...] We've engaged in an act of telepathy…real telepathy.”

-Stephen King

A description is your chance to paint a picture for your audience. A picture you will never have full control over. This week our young writers tried out different ways to describe an image and see how well it translated through ‘telepathy’. Here are some of the images they chose below


What is Theatre?

This week we were looking at the difference between writing a book/prose and writing a play/theatre.

Here are some for the difference our young writers highlighted

  • Less description 

  • Acts and scenes. Each scene describes the setting at the start.

  • Characters.

  • Dialogues.

  • Stage directions for the actors/actresses.

Next week we will be looking more thoroughly at playwriting. We can’t wait to see what our writers come up with.


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