Whether it's from their own experience, based on true events or completely fictional, every story starts with a simple idea. This workshop with Wildcard's Co Executive Director and writer of EVELYN, Tom Ratcliffe, explores the different processes of generating ideas for new plays and aims to equip emerging writers with useful tools and exercises to explore and unlock this process.
Writers can be of any experience, whether beginner or established, as this 3 hour workshop (there is a break during the session) simply aims to share exercises and ideas about how to unlock and inspire the process of writing based on stimulus. Tom has a wealth of playwriting experience with ideas generated in a variety of different ways and through different processes.
What you need: a smart phone or laptop, a notepad and pen.
Tom is an award-winning, internationally produced writer / actor and was born and raised in Ely. Tom was Co Executive Director of Wildcard Theatre Company between 2021 - 2023. Tom is writing for HighTide and Harlow Playhouse and was also one of the four Guest Artistic Directors at the renowned Kings Head Theatre as part of ‘The Takeover’ season this year.
Writing credits include: Wreckage (Turbine Theatre / Summerhall), Evelyn (Southwark Playhouse / Mercury Theatre), Fame Whore (Kings Head Theatre), VELVET (UK & Ireland Tour / Pleasance Courtyard) & Circa (Theater de Meervaart, Amsterdam / The Old Red Lion) & Gifted (Pleasance Theatre). Tom was awarded the JB Priestley Award for Writers of Promise in 2020. He was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 in 2016 and has been longlisted for the Verity Bargate, Theatre503 & Papatango playwriting awards. Short plays have included runs at Theatre503, Old Red Lion Theatre & St James Theatre.Tom is published by Methuen Drama and currently has work being translated and produced in Germany.
Acting credits include: Wreckage (Turbine Theatre / Summerhall), VELVET (Above the Stag / UK Tour / Pleasance Courtyard), Sket (Park Theatre), 5 Guys Chillin' (Kings Head Theatre / Assembly Roxy) & Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston). Film credits include Once Upon a Time in London (Gateway Films).