PAL- Performing Arts Labs
Teaching with PAL was an opportunity for writers to hothouse their projects in a secluded country house in Kent, away from distraction. Each course selected ten writers and a day was spent on each script, first with a rehearsed reading by actors, then a careful dissection of the piece, what worked, what could be improved, but also the opportunity for the writers to effect a unique study into their protagonists by ‘hot seating’ the actors whilst in character to ask them questions, or running improvised scenes between characters, with the aim of greatly increasing their depth, individual journeys and believability.
Luminaries passing through these workshops included Nick Stafford (Warhorse) Gurpreet Bhatti (Behzti) and Andrea Arnold (Red Road).
Since 2012, the British Council, Nepal has invited me to Kathmandu to run a radio play writing workshop.
Prior to my first visit, in the 30 years the BBC World Service has been running their biennial Radio Playwriting Competition, Nepal had never submitted a single entry. In 2012 as a result of the (massively oversubscribed) workshops we ran, there were 15 entries.
The British Council also ran their own competition alongside and the winner, ‘Girl in the Mirror’ by Sharmily Kadambari was recorded for transmission nationally.
The Nepal Times article "Creating Waves"
In 2014, the British Council, Nepal invited me to conceptualize and facilitate a filmmaking workshop in Kathmandu with Best Foreign Oscar nominee Subarna Thapa.
This was for 20 local students with some film experience to take two of their ideas all the way through script writing, development, and scheduling, then casting and locat