Friday, 26 February 2021


Michael Olsen presents a series of workshops for aspiring playwrights

Ever wanted to write a play but don’t know where to start? Have a half-finished manuscript in the drawer? Want to hone your writing skills? Then PLAYWRIGHTS@PERIDOT might just be the opportunity for you!


Michael Olsen presents a series of workshops of approximately 60-90 minutes covering topics such as Character, Plot, Dialogue, Editing and getting your work on stage. Each workshop will involve a combination of writing exercises and group feedback, tailored to suit the needs of participants.

About Michael Olsen

Michael is a multi-award-winning playwright whose work has been performed both in Australia and overseas. He’s had extensive experience offering his dramaturgical skills to many theatre companies and individuals.

Dates, times, venue:

Where: online

Dates: TBC for 2021

To register your interest

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Approx $375 to $400, depending on the number of participants.


Workshop details:


  • Outline of the course
  • theatrical tools available to the writer
  • Start thinking about your one-act play: an idea, image, character, argument 


  • Essential aspect of characters (and your play): CONFLICT - Internal and External forces
  • What do I need to know about my characters? - plus character proformas
  • What an actor is looking for in a character - keeping this in mind when writing a character


  • The heart of any story: why it started, what's in the character's way, and how things end
  • Units of Action: what actually happens in the play - another approach to writing
  • What will keep the audience interested in my play?


  • Why it's different to how people speak in real life
  • Subtext - the Iceberg analogy: what the playwright is really writing.
  • The connection between dialogue and character.

Getting started

  • Formatting - again!
  • Writing the 1st draft: bypassing the Inner Critic


  • rewriting: now for the hard part
  • instructions for cold reads and what you can get out of them

Cold reads

  • cold reads of peoples' plays/scenes by the group as well as group discussion                

Actors, Directors & getting your work on

  • the playwright's vision: how to control it as best you can
  • What actors and directors are seeking in your work.
  • Giving up your work - and working with actors and directors
  • Getting your work out there: where to go to from here

Opportunities at Peridot

Peridot Theatre actively supports local playwrights. Consequently we offer participants in Playwrights@ Peridot a number of possible opportunities.

  • Suitable plays could be included in our regular Play Reading program
  • Our One Act Play season often includes plays by local authors. Might yours be one of them?

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