Aspiring writers may want to check out a series of workshops being held at Parramatta Riverside Theatres over the next couple of months. The workshops billed as Breakout sessions will see some of the country’s best loved writers holding court for a series of masterclasses.

khan_doAspiring writers may want to check out a series of workshops being held at Parramatta Riverside Theatres over the next couple of months. The workshops billed as Breakout sessions will see some of the country’s best loved writers holding court for a series of masterclasses.  Presenters  include Geoffrey Atherden, Brendan Cowell and Khoa Do.

If you love the idea of honing your craft whilst gathering tips from some of the industry’s leading professionals, then a Breakout masterclass could be just what you’ve been looking for.

Each Breakout masterclass is a full day from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm with lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided. Breakout is Riverside Theatre’s development arm, designed to foster a vibrant Western Sydney voice and identity for Riverside stages. Selected new plays by established and emerging playwrights are supported with rehearsed readings or workshops under the guidance of professional directors and actors with the aim of establishing a group of writers of professional standard, based at Riverside.

Geoffrey Atherden, who presents the first workshop on humour, is a multi award winning writer. His ground breaking comedy series Mother and Son won numerous national and international awards and has been translated into similar productions across the world including versions in Chile, Quebec, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey and Greece. Atherden’s comedy series Grass Roots received numerous AFI awards between 2000 and 2003 and spawned a book published by ABC books entitled Col Dunkley’s Guide to Local Government. Atherden’s BabaKiueria, a satire on black white relations in Australia received a United Nations Media Peace Award. In 2009, Atherden was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

Brendan Cowell recently starred in two Australian film-reviewss, the brilliant Beneath Hill 60 and I Love You Too. He is well known to Australian television audiences from his roles in Love My Way and Life Support. An accomplished playwright, Brendan Cowell wrote the highly acclaimed production at Belvoir Street, Ruben Guthrie and Sydney theatre Company’s Bed for which he was awarded the Patrick White Playwrights Award. He was also the winner of the Griffin Award with Rabbit. Currently, Cowell is working on the final draft of his first novel, described as a dark, coming of age story about male friendship. Cowell is hosting a workshop on writing comedy for stage.

Khoa Do is presenting the Journeys Workshop, which explores techniques to tell a story on stage. Do is the multi award winning film-reviews maker of Footy Legends and Mother Fish. His film-reviews The Finished People was the winner of three AFI Awards including Best Original Screenplay and was officially selected for the Montreal World film-reviews Festival in 2003. Do won the Philip Parson’s Award in 2008 and his play To 100 Years of Happiness is in development with Company B Belvoir. An inspiration spokesman for the Vietnamese community, Do was named Young Australian of the Year in 2005 and Young Vietnamese-Australian of the Year in 2000.

For more info on the workshops visit Parramatt Riverside

Workshops are on during June, July and September

 

  

 

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