Amba Chevannes’s Top Ten Writing Tips

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So we’re at the end of the third A Play, A Pie and A Pint week. The Last Bloom has received some brilliant feedback..

This week, to celebrate the new writing of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, we’ve shared Jamaican writer Amba Chevannes’s top ten tips for would-be writers:

(1) People watch. This can give you great characters - but don’t get caught

(2) Go on a date with yourself but talk less & listen more. You’ll find your own voice

(3) If you offend, blame your characters. It’s their fault!

(4) Always speak from a place of honesty, even when hiding behind characters

(5) A good laugh and a good cry makes the story richer

(6) Don’t be afraid of the dark spaces. It’s often where the truth lies

(7) If a story keeps turning its back to you then maybe it’s not yours to tell

(8) Let your characters take the wheel & enjoy the ride. They know exactly where they want to go

(9) If your story fails, thank it for the lessons and move along.

(10) Every dramatic piece contains bits of falsehoods. The trick is to find the truth within the lies.

Next week, we’ve Skeleton Wumman by Gerda Stevenson from Tuesday 22 -Saturday 26 April. 

It’s Creme eggs all round in the Traverse office today. So excited! Happy Easter everyone from the Traverse Theatre!

It’s Creme eggs all round in the Traverse office today. So excited! Happy Easter everyone from the Traverse Theatre!

It’s Week 3 of A Play, A Pie and A Pint here at the Traverse and we’re going strong with a lovely guest pies for you. Here’s photographic evidence of just how tasty they are. - and yes, they smell as good as they look.  

Last week’s Guest Pies of the Day included lasagna pie on Tuesday, cow pie on Wednesday, rabbit pie on Thursday, Norwegian fish pie on Friday and Moroccan chicken pie on Saturday. This is in addition to macaroni pies, scotch pies, haggis pies, veg and haggis pies and pork pies, served cold. Now that’s a lot of pies.

This week, it’s Amba Chevannes’s The Last Bloom, set in Kingston, Jamaica and part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Commonwealth season. Come on by for a fabulous play, a delicious homemade pie and a scrummy pint. 

Johnny McKnight’s Top Ten Writing Tips

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So we’re at the end of the second A Play, A Pie and A Pint week. A Perfect Stroke has gone down a storm!

This week, to celebrate the new writing of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, we’ve shared writer Johnny McKnight’s top ten tips for would-be writers:

(1)  Sometimes you cant write.  Nothing happens.  Its okay.  Go for a walk, tidy your hoose.  

(2)  If actors says there should be cuts - LISTEN.  They’re the best editors you’ll get.  

(3) Work to your deadline.  If you say it’ll be ready by March then it should be.  It might not be brilliant, that’s your next draft. 

(4)  Try and avoid YouTube.  Honestly you’ll be stuck there for days. 

(5)  Inspiration is usually perspiration.  

(6)  Caffeine is your best friend.  It truly is. 

(7)  If you ask someone their opinion then listen to it.  Then decide for yourself. 

(8)  Remember its got your name on it.  So when you hand it in make sure you can stand behind it. 

(9)  Never lose the pleasure of writing for the fun of it. 

(10)  Ask yourself continually - what’s it about?  If you dont know then how do you expect an audience to.

Next week, we’ve The Last Bloom by Amba Chevannes from Tuesday 15 -Saturday 19 April.

Despite the drip-drip of bad news, the NHS is not broken, as the coalition would have us believe. In fact, it is a miracle. There are 53 million people in England – the NHS sees approximately one million people every 36 hours. The vast majority of them are being well-served. If we want to keep a health service that protects us, we can’t sit back.

Writer of This May Hurt A BitStella Feehily, explains her inspiration and personal experiences that led to her new play on the NHS in The Guardian

Out of Joint’s This May Hurt A Bit is at the Traverse until 12 April

We’re now well into A Play, A Pie and A Pint here at the Traverse and we’ve lots of pies for you. Here’s photographic evidence of just how tasty they are. - Please note, we are not responsible for any smelling/ eating/ nibbling taking place during photography. 

Last week’s Guest Pies of the Day included venison pie on Tuesday (these disappeared very quickly, no picture is available. sorry) chicken, ham and mushroom on Wednesday, fish pie on Thursday, sausage, apple and sage pie on Friday and beef and stilton on Saturday. This is in addition to macaroni pies (final picture), scotch pies, haggis pies, veg and haggis pies and pork pies, served cold. Now that’s a lot of pies.

This week, it’s Johnny McKnight’s A Perfect Stroke. Come on by for a fabulous play, a delicious homemade pie and a scrummy pint. 

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