Verbatim theatre - from first draft to the rehearsal room

Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall will explore approaching text based work with a particular focus on verbatim. This session will look at the techniques she has encouraged actors to use in a lead up to rehearsal and in the room itself. She will share how she has been inspired to use real-life testimonials to write verbatim plays and how this work calls for a slightly different approach.  

To prepare, please read one of the following scenes from Welcome To Iran or Home.
No need to be off book. There will also be time for a Q&A.

How to Apply

Due to the format of this Zoom masterclass, we have a limited restriction on the number of people who can take part. If you’d like the opportunity to attend, please apply by emailing with the subject heading FALL. Please include your photo, CV and a telephone number.

Applications to attend close at 1pm on Monday 3 May

You must be a Masterclass member to apply.
If you have been chosen to take part, you will be notified by Tuesday 4 May. Please make sure '' is saved to your contacts, so our email does not go into spam. On the day itself, you will be emailed the Zoom link. 

If you are selected, but find out that you are unable to attend, please let us know ASAP. 
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About Nadia

Nadia trained at Goldsmiths, University of London (MA Directing) and on the NT Studio's Directors programme. 

She directed The Village and King Hedley II as her first shows as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. In May 2020 she directed The Outside Dog for BBC One as part of London Theatre Company’s Talking Heads monologue series. In September 2020 she directed NO MASKS for Sky Arts, a one-off drama based on testimonials from key workers.  

Nadia’s other directing credits include Three Sisters, The Suicide, Our Country’s Good, Dara, Chewing Gum Dreams, Home, Hymn, The Doctor's Dilemma (National Theatre), Hir, Disgraced (Bush Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hobson's Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre), Sticks & Stones (Polka Theatre), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Miss Julie (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) and Wild Turkey (Site Specific).  
As Associate Director, Nadia’s credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), Collaborators and The Habit of Art (National Theatre), and as Staff Director, Rocket to the Moon, Really Old, Like Forty Five, Phèdre and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre).  

Nadia has also directed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Unicorn Theatre and has led participation initiatives with partners such as the Young Vic, Clean Break, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. She is also an acting coach, supporting professional actors for film and stage.

Photo Credit - Hugo Glendinning

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