Arvon at Home: Craft of Writing with Jude Kelly and Simon Stephens

In conversation

Tuesday March 9th 2021, 7:00PM GMT

Online

Arvon’s Craft of Writing sessions are invigorating deep dives into the creative processes of some of the finest writers at work today. Over the course of 80 minutes, they engage in expansive conversations about different facets of their craft: how they get their ideas; how they develop characters or build stories; or, more simply, how they make sentences. Each live session includes two audience Q&As.


Jude Kelly and Simon Stephens discuss their careers as major theatre practitioners as writers and directors. They will touch on the challenges of creating theatre in the 21st century and the impact of global injustices. They will reflect on the challenges currently facing the arts posed by these and other circumstances. They will share some of the ways in which the writer and the director come together and what is at the heart of making exciting theatre and compelling cultural events. They will touch on the process of adaptation and creating original material and de-mystify the differences between writers and directors in each medium. Join Arvon and these two extraordinary practitioners who at the top of their game, share their wisdom and experience in this craft of writing masterclass.

Jude Kelly is the Founder and Director of The WOW Foundation, which runs WOW – Women of the World Festivals across the globe to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and confront global gender injustice. Jude Kelly has directed over 200 theatre and opera productions, including at the Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera and the National Theatre. She is the recipient of two Olivier Awards, a BASCA Gold Badge Award for contribution to music and a Southbank Award for opera. Jude Kelly has founded a range of arts institutions and has commissioned and supported the work of thousands of artists across all genres.

Simon Stephen’s work has been widely translated and produced throughout the world. He has won several Awards including Olivier and Tony Awards for new plays. His most famous play is his adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Simon has been Artistic Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court Theatre. He is currently a Professor at the Writing School of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Tuesday 9th March, 7:00pm-8.20pm GMT

Cost: £25

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