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Online Workshop: The Personal is Political

Sat 26 Jun View Performances & Book Tickets

Running Time : 2 hours

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The Personal is Political – How To Explore Social Issues On The Stage.  Zoom Workshop

This event is part of our Digital Festival which showcases the work of our community and highlights the creativity of people who take part in Theatre Royal activities. Theatre Royal prides itself on being a theatre where there is a space for everyone who has a creative itch to scratch – whether that’s those who are just starting their creative journey or those who have been exploring this for a while. Everyone has a chance to have a go, get involved and take part. This series of events will showcase the work that this creative community and our partners have been producing behind locked doors during this past year. Maybe you will be inspired to join us and be a part of this journey.

During the session, Atiha will share techniques and tips she finds useful when bringing those big political ideas into drama through relatable human experiences and characters to bring social change to the stage. Expect to write some of your own work during the session and come armed to this zoom workshop with a pen and paper. 

Atiha Sen Gupta is a playwright and screenwriter.

Atiha’s first play What Fatima Did was produced on Hampstead Theatre’s main stage when she was 21 for which she was shortlisted for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright Award. The play explored the impact on a group of school friends when one of them adopts the hijab. Concurrently she was also a member of the writing team for e4’s Skins and co-wrote episode 6 of series 3.

Atiha’s second play State Red explored the fallout from the shooting of Mark Duggan and was produced at Hampstead Downstairs in 2014. The following year her play Counting Stars about two Nigerian nightclub toilet attendants who fall in love in a post-Lee Rigby Woolwich nightclub showed at the Edinburgh Fringe and was shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award. Counting Stars then transferred to Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2016. In the same year, she co-wrote an episode of Holby City.

Atiha is currently writing for EastEnders and is under commission to Film 4 and Slam Films. She is interested in telling the stories of those who stitch the red carpet rather than those who stand on it.

Atiha has recently written for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on our Big Skies production.

Spaces on this workshop are limited to 20 so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Once booked you will receive an email containing the link to the zoom workshop.

Age guidance 14+

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What the press say

'State Red is powerfully written, with a really intelligent questioning of issues around class as well as race. Like the best contemporary theatre, you instantly recognise that this is a perfect picture of the state of the nation.'

Aleks Sierz on State Red

'With humour, intelligence, and a gut-punch of injustice playwright Atiha Sen Gupta writes a deeply affecting play.'

Nicole Serratore on Counting Stars, Exeunt Magazine

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