On the eve of the opening of their latest play – Trial by Laughter – this event gets to grips with the thorny question of how do people actually write together.
Of course, both have day jobs – Nick is a cartoonist and Ian edits Private Eye – yet they have written together for 30 years. They’ve collaborated on Spitting Image, written for Spike Milligan, numerous BBC commissions, and now their own plays. In 2013 The Wiper’s Times was shown on BBC2 and they subsequently re-wrote it for the stage where it’s been almost constantly on tour for the better part of four years.
In this one-off event, they will talk about how they write together, share the odd pearl of wisdom for budding collaborators, and provide a glimpse into their practical ways of working and daily routines. What’s the secret behind their 30 year partnership?
Along the way, we will ask them questions such as: What makes for a perfect writing partner? How much fun do you actually have? Who’s the boss? Can you be a collaborative writer when you’re an introvert? How do you find ideas? How do you settle on an idea? What’s the best idea you’ve let go of?
This event is aimed at anyone interested in writing and the process of writing. You might be a single freelance writer looking to collaborate. You might be just interested in language and are fascinated in how ideas are developed between people.
Towards the end of the evening, and for those interested, we’re going to create instant writing partnerships! Names will be drawn out of the hat and audience members will be paired up and given a subject to collaborate on. 150 words in 15 minutes. We’ll hear some of these at the end. You’ll go some way to discovering is writing collaboratively for me?
£20 for non-members
£5 for students (with valid NUS card).
£15 for 26 members (after 1st September) with promotional code sent in the all members email.