Playwriting with Hilary Bell

Date: 1st May 2021

Time: 10AM to 3:30PM

Sometimes you’re itching to start writing a play but can’t find the way into your subject. Or maybe you haven’t yet found your subject. Perhaps you haven’t written a play before, and want to know what it’s all about?

This course covers a number of entry points into playwriting, ranging from using images, finding a character through household items, adapting folktales, imagining your way into unfolding situations. You’ll finish the day with the kernels for several new plays.

Writers of any level of experience are welcome. Bring along an open mind and a sense of play.


Location: Wickham – exact address will be provided after you book

Date: 1st May 2021

Time: 10AM to 3:30PM

What to bring: lunch, writing material. Participants need to bring paper and pen as this is an active workshop.

Parking: Street parking is either paid or free until 12noon – check signs on the day.

PT: the venue is a 3 minute walk from Newcastle Interchange

$66.00 for HWC members
$99.00 for Non-Members

Hilary Bell

Hilary’s plays have been produced nationally by Griffin, Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan, the Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Deckchair, La Boite, State Theatre Company of South Australia, NORPA, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, National Theatre of Parramatta and Vitalstatistix; in the US by Atlantic and Steppenwolf; in the UK by the National Theatre. These include Wolf Lullaby, Fortune, The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, The Falls, Memmie Le Blanc, The Mysteries: Genesis, The Red Balloon, The White Divers of Broome, The Splinter, Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me, The Red Tree, Starstruck (with Mitchell Butel), Angela’s Kitchen (with Paul Capsis), and adaptations of The Seagull, The Comedy of Errors and The Hypochondriac. She writes libretti for opera and musicals, and lyrics for song cycles, and has written audio-scripts for the Museum of Contemporary Art and NSW State Library.

The recipient of awards including the Philip Parsons, a Helpmann and two AWGIES, Hilary is co-creator of several picture books, including ‘Numerical Street’, ‘Summer Time’ and bestseller ‘Alphabetical Sydney’ with Antonia Pesenti. She is a member of 7-On Playwrights and a graduate of the Juilliard Playwrights’ Program, NIDA and AFTRS. She was the Tennessee Williams Fellow 2003-04 and the 2012 Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow at the STC.

Hilary Bell: Playwright