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31 January 2023

Projected self

This Tuesday’s session of Writing for Stage began with the prompt to:

Freewrite dialogue based on one of the images of characters arguing (see below).

We then read an extract of YEN by Anna Jordan.

Next, we were asked to pick a character we'd already written this term and bullet point 3 things about themselves they want the world to see, and 3 they want to hide.

The activity was then to write a scene which begins with the character being their projected self, with their true self seeping in gradually throughout. (Choose a situation in which their secret side would come to the fore, however much they try to maintain the image of their projected self. Advice – Write three lines of dialogue, then a stage direction. To keep the world active.)

Finally, we rewrote our scene with only 10 lines of dialogue (the rest being action).

We will return next week to MAST Mayflower Studios.

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