Monday 28 October 2019 to Monday 18 November 2019

The second in this season of workshops is focused on the multi-award winning playwright, screenwriter and stage director Terry Johnson. Born in England in 1955, he has been one of the most prominent figures of British theater since his delirious comedies began reaping huge success among critics and audiences alike in the 90s. Johnson masterfully combines farce and black humour to portray such profound or delicate subjects as life and death or love and loss (Hysteria 1993), failed marriages and infidelities (Dead Funny 1994) or the on-set of diseases in old age (Prism 2018) in works peppered with celebrities such as Salvador Dalí, Sigmund Freud, Marilyn Munro, Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe. He has received a dozen prestigious theatre awards including the "Olivier" for Best Comedy in 1994 and 1999, the "Tony" for Best Director of a Musical in 2010 or "Best Work on Tour" from the League of American Theaters and Producers in 2001. Outside the United Kingdom his works have been performed in the United States, Australia, Europe, Israel, Ireland and Canada. His work as a playwright is complemented by his career as a stage director for renowned theatres such as the National Theatre or the Royal Court of London, where he has also directed numerous musicals for the West End. He is also a screenwriter of television series and movies.

After the success of the series Read, Play, Meet, Repeat last season at the Pavón Kamikaze Theatre in Madrid, Bella Batalla production company and the British Council have again joined forces, this time in collaboration with the Teatro de la Abadía, to continue offering performing arts professionals with the opportunity to learn more in detail about the latest British drama.

Throughout the 2019/20 season, the four sessions making up each workshop will focus on the work of both established and emerging authors such as Bola Agbaje, Terry Johnson, Ella Hickson, Rory Mullarkey, Chris Goode, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Lucy Prebble or Patrick Marber and will culminate in a face-to-face encounter with the British playwright in question to explore more directly and personally their way of writing and understanding the theater.

Terry Johnson workshop dates: 28th October, 4th, 11th and 18th November. Registration to take part in the workshop: up to Sunday 20th October (included)

More information and registration here

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