Session 5: “How to write a scene”

This session looks at structuring a complete scene, the basic building block of every play. We will:

- Understand how to structure a scene and what its function is
- Start finding inspiration for your play by looking at stories in the news
- Plan out and start writing a scene


The text we’ll be looking at this session is an extract and audio recording from Earthquakes in London by Mike Bartlett, who writes scenes that progress many centuries into the future and back again. Additionally, there is an extract for an extension exercise from Port by Simon Stephens, with an audio recording of the scene.


This session's film focuses on the different elements a well-written scene might have, with playwrights from the National Theatre explaining what works, and why.

The audio recording of Earthquakes in London was performed by:
Freya – Antonia Kinlay
Steve – Toby Wharton
Jasmine – Lorna Brown
Tom – Hywel Morgan
Sarah – Amy Griffiths
Simon – Toby Wharton
Colin – Hywel Morgan
S Boy – Toby Wharton

© Mike Bartlett, Earthquakes in London
Reproduced with permission from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

The audio recording of Port was performed by:
Lyndsey Marshall Racheal
David Kirkbride Chris

© Simon Stephens, Port
Reproduced with permission from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

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Applications for permission for any use whatsoever, including performance rights, must be made in advance, prior to any such proposed use, to Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd., Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GQ ( No performance may be given unless a licence has first been obtained. No rights are granted by way of this extract.


Earthquakes In London by New Views

Earthquakes In London by New Views

Port by New Views

Port by New Views