Theatre & Dance
18 May 2024

Untamed Pages II: The Dinner Party

Playwriting workshop with Rebecca Crookshank

Part of Ongoing Exhibitions

Starts 10:30 am

Ends 2:30 am

Venue Alserkal Arts Foundation

Warehouse 50/51


A playwriting workshop for writers, artists and actors; untethering architects of the page and stage.

Playwright, screenwriter and visual artist Rebecca Crookshank invites participants to imagine and construct the elements of theatre and co-create a scene that revels in the rituals of a celebratory dinner.

Participants will be presented with a number of exercises to prompt their own creativity, imagery and aesthetic. By extracting and rooting characters from history, we will assemble around the table, with personally crafted place settings and words to feed conversation - What’s the celebration? Can we converse across decades or centuries as if we have dined here forever? What interrupts or connects characters? How might this collision of energy play out between them and serve as an invitation to the audience?

Through playful experimentation building on the shared celebration of kinship and mythologies from our everyday lives, we ask for writers and performers to visualise and create extraordinary worlds together.

For preparation, each participant is asked to bring with them a reference to a significant character in history that holds personal meaning.

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2024
Time: 10.30AM - 2.30PM
Location: WH51, Common Room, Alserkal Arts Foundation


Rebecca Crookshank

Artist | Screenwriter | Playwright | Performer | Person

Her first play Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, published by Oberon books, an award-winning autobiographical play, received its international premiere on 42nd Street, New York. Shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Arts Award + nominated for four Broadway World Awards. Alumni of the Old Vic 12, her practice has been fuelled by two British Council artistic residencies in Vietnam + a development deal with Sky Drama. She is currently developing a slate of projects for film, TV + theatre across the globe including a UK/Vietnam revenge thriller film with BFI Vision Awardee Jude Goldrei and Director Ham Tran (Maika) an original TV series commissioned by the BBC + Rope Ladder Fiction + the stage adaptation of Craig Zobel’s 2012 film, Compliance in New York. Rebecca is an inaugural member of BAFTA Connect.


Artwork courtesy Tash Elena, Eating With Our Eyes (2024).