Have you ever been told that all your characters sound the same? That they don’t speak with their own particular voice? This is a workshop for writers of fiction and drama to concentrate on how your characters express themselves – the kinds of words they choose, the sorts of slang or jargon they include, the mannerisms and quirks of dialogue – both on the page and the stage. Alana Valentine will explore how you can enhance both the individuality and credibility of your characters by paying particular attention to the specifics of their speech. Using examples and exercises from her many community-sourced and verbatim stage plays, she will work with participants on how to observe and listen to others so that you can recreate characters who are distinctive, charismatic and empathetic.
Alana Valentine has been a regular visitor to the Northern Territory since 2006. In 2007 she recorded a radio feature Katherine Characters featuring short stories by Katherine writers, broadcast on ABC Radio National, and she returned again to work with the community on the script of Watermark, a work commemorating the 1998 flood. It was presented by 18 community performers in the Katherine cinema in January 2008. Watermark won the Australian Writers Guild Award for best Community and Youth Theatre in 2009 and was presented again at the Katherine Festival and Darwin Festival in 2009. In 2010 Alana’s play Head Full of Love was presented at the Darwin Festival, travelling to Cairns and Alice Springs. In 2018 her play Letters to Lindy, based on letters sent by the public to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton also toured to 21 venues Australia wide, most memorably to Darwin where it sold out two incredible nights at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, then went on to play in Katherine, Tennant Creek, Gove and Alice Springs.
Time and Date: 9am-12noon, Saturday, 1 June 2019
Venue: Warren Snowden’s office, Shop 7-9, 27 Katherine Terrace
Cost: $40/$20 NTWC members