Arvon at Home: Craft of Writing with Lucy Prebble and Alice Birch

From Stage to Screen

Tuesday March 30th 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.

Lucy Prebble and Alice Birch discuss the journey from playwright to writing for the screen. They will touch on the challenges of moving from one medium to the other, the similarities and the differences and what they had wished they had known before writing their first screenplay. They will share some of the ways in which the theatre and screen industries differ and what is at the heart of making exciting theatre and compelling television and film. They will touch on the process of adaptation and creating original material and de-mystify the differences between producers and directors in each medium. Join Arvon and these two extraordinary writers who at the top of their game, share their wisdom and experience in this craft of writing masterclass.


Lucy Prebble is a writer for film, television, games and theatre. Lucy is co-executive producer and writer on the HBO drama Succession, for which she has also won a WGA Award. She is the creator of the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.  For theatre, Lucy has written the political and emotional meta-thriller A Very Expensive Poison, which was a huge five star hit for the Old Vic in 2019 and Olivier nominated for Best New Play, it won the Critics Circle Award for Best New Play and Best New Production of a Play at the Broadway World Awards. In the world of video games, she was Head Scene Writer for Bungie’s massively successful first person shooter video game, Destiny.

Alice Birch is a writer for film and TV, as well as an accomplished playwright. She is the writer of the critically-acclaimed film Lady Macbeth, while her TV credits include Normal People, and Succession. Her second feature is an adaptation of the Graham Swift novel Mothering Sunday for Number 9 Films and Film 4, which finished shooting in November 2020. She is also adapting bestselling novel The Silent Patient for Plan B and Annapurna and has a currently untitled feature project in development with Jim Wilson and BBC Films. Alice is currently writing on Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends and is showrunning a limited series adaptation of David Cronenberg’s Deadringers for Annapurna and Amazon starring Rachel Weisz.

Tuesday, 30th March 19:00pm-20:20pm GMT

Cost: £25

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