Words & Ideas

Script Writing & Improvisation Workshop with Raimondo Cortese

  • Presented by: Raimondo Cortese and VCA

Still workshopping your Fringe script? Join us in this workshop that focuses on writing and improvisation workshops as a way for creating scenes and dialogues for performance, theatre, film or TV.

A series of exercises are employed to give participants an awareness of the unconscious, complex actions that underlie speech and human behaviour. Initially, the aim is to get participants to express themselves verbally and discover something that matters to them. This material will then be developed through generative writing workshops and improvisation to create dialogues and scenes that employ tasks.

The focus is on seeing the dialogue in terms of what the actors/words are doing moment by moment. Improvisation will assist in teasing out hidden textures and possible directions. It encourages the writer/actor to see the creation of text as something fluid, which can be changed and worked on if necessary. It also encourages writers/actors to learn how to listen to others.

The most important thing is to encourage participants to play with their work, to enjoy it and not be bound by conventions, or what they assume is necessary for a scene to work.

About Raimondo Cortese:
Raimondo Cortese has written over 30 plays for theatre, including Features of Blown Youth, Roulette, St Kilda Tales, Holiday, which won a 2007 Green Room Award for Best Australian Writing, Buried City and The Child. His plays have been presented in mainstages and festivals in Australia, and in over twenty countries. He was a founding member of Ranters Theatre, serving as Artistic Director from 1994 - 2001. Raimondo was the recipient of a 2010 Australian Leadership Award, and the inaugural Patrick White Fellowship by the STC in 2011. He is Postgrad Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Master of Theatre (Writing), VCA, University of Melbourne.

Image Credit: You Are Me by Niow, Melbourne Fringe 2023. Image by Nick Robertson

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