WRITING FOR THEATRE AND TELEVISION
We are delighted to announce our next masterclass led by acclaimed writer and teacher Ann Marie Di Mambro. She is a fine theatrical storyteller, deftly mixing of tragedy and comedy with moments of highly charged theatricality and quiet introspection.
Ann Marie has written for a number of popular television drama series with over a hundred TV credits. She started as a theatre writer before moving to television but has stayed active in the theatre throughout. Her play “Tally’s Blood” on the examination curriculum in Scottish schools. This seminal work explores the story of Italian migration to Scotland, with a focus on one particular family. Today two new stage plays are in the making, one with the company, Witsherface. She is a Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, lecturing in Television Fiction Writing.
The class is suitable for anyone who loves theatre and television fiction, but also for emerging and established writers and practitioners. The session (duration 90 mins) will take place on Tuesday 14 June at 5pm (Roma) and will include a final Q&A.
Places are limited to 20 participants. Sign up as soon as possible by making a donation (see below) and notifying us on info@EnglishTheatreMilan.org.
On request, Participants will be given a CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE. Date and place of birth are needed in this case.
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ABOUT THE CLASS, ANN MARIE DI MAMBRO WRITES:
I will talk briefly about my own career and then look more closely at the differences and the similarities of writing for the theatre and writing television drama, drawing on my thirty years’ experience of both media. I will focus mainly on dialogue and character.
For instance, my style of dialogue is realistic, reflecting the characters’ social class, age and status. Rosinella, the protagonist of TALLY’S BLOOD, gives this advice to her nephew Franco: “These Scotch girls they’re all the same. They just go out with you for one thing. Because your faither’s got a shop and they think you’ve got money”. Instead Franco, who was born and brought up in Scotland, uses Glasgwegian to express himself, “We cannie let that wee German Bastard throw his weight around.”
ANNE MARIE DI MAMBRO
Ann Marie Di Mambro was born in Hamilton, Scotland, and studied at Glasgow University, Girton College, Cambridge, and Bolton College of Education, Northern England, before becoming a teacher. She gave up teaching to write for theatre. Her plays have been performed in Scotland’s main theatres as well as touring to other venues across Scotland. In addition to theatre plays, she writes drama for British television, and British radio.
From 1989-1990, she was the Thames Television Resident Playwright at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. She has been commissioned to write plays by the Traverse Theatre and by Cumbernauld Theatre. She won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for 1994-5.
She has written for celebrated television soaps (EASTENDERS, CASUALTY, RIVER CITY) for the last 20 years. She wrote for EVE (2015) and THE CORONER (BBC Birmingham, last aired on 2016.