Stage Craft: Narrative, Exposition, Subtext, Dialogue…

In addition to his directing credits, Park Theatre Artistic Director Jez Bond has co-written three plays, been dramaturge on over a hundred and developed work with actors including Ian McKellen, Miriam Margolyes and Juliet Stevenson. His two hour workshop, aimed at actors, writers and directors, aimed to unlock some of the key components of drama: from narrative structure to exposition to creating (and speaking) dialogue that rings true, to discerning the power of the subtext. This was a practical session where everyone had an opportunity to participate at various points throughout.

About Jez

Jez Bond is the Founder and Artistic Director of Park Theatre. He graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was later awarded the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary.

Directing credits include: I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic).

For Park Theatre: Ian McKellen with Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You, Madame Rubinstein, Building The Wall, Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed.

As a dramaturge he began working with writers at Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Young Vic before championing new work at Park Theatre, where he has developed a number of new plays, many of which have gone on to production.

Having led the £2.6m conversion of Park Theatre, Jez has been a guest speaker at the Theatres Trust Conference: Converting Spaces, the RIBA Conference: 150 years of Engineering, Bruford on the Southbank: New Build / ReBuild and The International Theatre Conference in Colombia. He has also consulted on a number of new theatre buildings internationally.

Photo credit: Ewa Ferdynus, Waldorf Hilton Hotel