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Ripping Scripts 2

Course Times & Enrolment

Thursdays from 17th January 2019 (Code CW016-214) Thursdays from
17th January 2019 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
M16 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Raymond Ross MA DipEd PhD
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

Continuation of course 1 but new students very welcome. Why not make a drama out of a crisis? This interactive drama-writing class explores the process from page to stage. A chance to monologue, dialogue, scene-set and develop your all-round script-ability.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prior knowledge required.

Content of Course

  1. New Year Resolutions: introductory exercises
  2. Painting Pictures: scene setting
  3. Pace Makers: scene shifting
  4. Tension Seeking: drama as conflict
  5. Barnstorming: issue-based drama
  6. Drama Queens: going over the top
  7. Killing Time: cutting and editing
  8. Quo Vadis?: thinking portfolio
  9. Show Back?: thinking production
  10. Hard Graft: practical staging (PUBLIC SHOWBACK / CLASS CEILIDH).

Teaching method(s)

Workshopping and hot-housing ideas. Discussion and presentation. Drama games. Collaborative presentation and collaborative criticism, but with more intensive formal and semantic discussion and criticism.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have moved towards a more sophisticated/informal appreciation of script-writing. In addition they will attempt more extended scripts (partially based on work from Term 1) and explore different forms within the genre.


Core Readings


Bennett, A., 1997. Writing Home. London: Faber.
Findlay, B., ed., 1998. History of Scottish Theatre. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Leigh, M. & Coveney, M., 1996. The World According to Mike Leigh. London: Harper Collins.
McGrath, J., 1990. The Bone Won't Break. London: Methuen.
Mitchell, T., 1990. Dario Fo - People's Court Jester. London: Methuen.


Orr, J., & Klaic, D., 1990. Terrorism and Modern Drama. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Samuel, R. et al. 1985. Theatres of the Left 1880 – 1935. London: Routledge.
Stevenson, R. & Wallace, C., 1996. Scottish Theatre since the Seventies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Stoklos, D., 1992. The Essential Theatre. Sao Paolo: Denise Stoke Productions.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.