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Short course: A short play toolkit at Coastword Festival 2017

  • Bleachingfield Countess Crescent Dunbar, Scotland, EH42 United Kingdom (map)

Short Play Toolkit 

Coastword are offering the unique opportunity to take part in a series of playwriting workshops. Participants will get practical sessions led by three professional playwrights/performers, and some of the work will be showcased in the closing event of Coastword Festival in May.

Who is the course suitable for?

Anyone with an interest in creative writing will enjoy this course. It will hone your skills in writing dialogue, creating compelling characters and dramatic tension. You don’t need to have any specific experience to take part.

Suitable for participants age 16 and over. 

Course Structure

The emphasis will be on practical learning – expect to be writing and reading aloud within the sessions. We hope that some of you might write short plays or scenes which can be performed by professional actors and directed by Jenna Watt as part of Coastword festival 2017.

Session 1: Developing your characters with Sophie Good - Sat 25th Feb, 1-4pm

Session 2: Putting your characters into action with Catherine Grosvenor - Sat 25th March, 1-4pm

Session 3: Bringing your play to life with Jenna Watt - Sat 29 April, 1-4pm

All Workshops will take place at the Bleachingfield Centre, Countess Crescent, Dunbar EH42 1DX.

You should try and attend all three sessions to get the most from the course.

Short plays evening: some of the work will be performed on 21st May 2017 alongside short plays from Sophie Good, Catherine Grosvenor and Jenna Watt.

How to book your place

Please book and pay for your place here. If you need any further information please don't hesitate to contact us at  

There is a maximum limit of 10 participants.


The entire course costs £50 which includes a ticket to the closing event on 21st May.

 About the writers/workshop leaders

Sophie Good is an Edinburgh based playwright who is one of the founding members of the successful Village Pub Theatre in Leith. VPT regularly produce short play performances both at the Village Pub as well as venues such as Traverse Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and previously at Coastword. Sophie’s short plays performed at the Traverse Theatre, CCA Glasgow and the Tron Theatre Glasgow. She has recently had a sell-out play ‘Green Tea’ produced by Blazing Hyena Theatre Company at Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh.

Catherine Grosvenor's work has been performed at the Traverse, Royal Court, and Oran Mor. She won a Fringe First for her adaptation of the Finnish comedy "Continuous Growth". She has ten years of experience of leading writing workshops, mentoring emerging writers and giving script feedback. She is currently taking time out from writing to look after her two young children, and write the occasional poem

Jenna Watt is an award-winning Scottish theatre-maker and playwright. Her works include Faslane; winner of a Scotsman Fringe First and Summerhall Lustrum Award 2016 (Contact Manchester, Showroom) How You Gonna Live Your Dash (Showroom / Platform Easterhouse), Scotsman Fringe First award winning Flâneurs (Summerhall, Battersea Arts Centre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, Woodend Barn, Mayfest, Play Pieces, Cumbernauld Theatre, Big Burns Supper), Little Vikings are Never Lost (The Arches, National Review of Live Art) and It's OK, It's Only Temporary; the apple smashing piece (Battersea Arts Centre, The Arches, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh Peer Group, The Basement).

Jenna has worked on projects for companies including; The National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, Magnetic North, Unlimited Theatre, Northern Stage, Made In China, The Macrobert Young Company, Scottish Youth Theatre, Buzzcut Glasgow, The Arches, Forest Fringe, Junction 25, Lung Ha Theatre Company, National Review of Live Art, The Basement and the Arnolfini.