Monologue Workshop

Monologue Writing from Lived Experience

Monologue Writing from Lived Experience

Delivered by Laura Hanna and Isley Lynn with Jess Edwards

For Long Acre Arts, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and Traverse Theatre

Saturday 12th December 2020, 11:00 to 19:00

Hosted on Zoom

Free to attend

Intended for all curious writers developing their craft in writing theatrical monologues, writer Isley Lynn and actor/writer Laura Hanna share their experience through the development of their current project, REVOLUTIONS.

Isley and Laura are old friends and collaborators, and Isley was inspired by Laura’s stories about her training in pole dance and how that intersected with her Egyptian heritage. The result, many conversations and many years later, is REVOLUTIONS, a play we hope to premiere in 2021. Fictional, but rooted in Laura’s lived experience, the monologue weaves together spoken text, movement, and pole to tell the story of Angele – a mixed heritage Egyptian-British woman who starts to learn pole for her own pleasure.

Hosted on Zoom, the day is structured around three topics. Come to as many as you like, and feel free to dip in and out throughout the day. There will be space in between each session for unstructured, private writing time.

In Session One (11:00 – 12:30) we’ll introduce our ways of working, and do some warm up exercises. We’ll encourage you to work from personal material, but don’t feel limited by that – feel free to weave your experience with your imagination.

In Session Two (14:00 – 15:30) we’ll explore writing exercises to help create distance between you and your subject matter, so it can be told like any other story.

In Session Three (17:00 – 19:00) we’ll be inviting you to share the work you’ve made over the course of the day on a voluntary basis. We’ll also hold a Q&A, hosted by REVOLUTIONS director Jess Edwards.

Now, more than ever, untold stories are important and necessary. It can be both therapeutic and political to tell your own story. Through sharing our craft and our approach to dramatising stories, we hope to enhance your abilities to write and stage your work. We hope to inspire you and we  look forward to being inspired through your collaboration.