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Unlocking the Lock – A Creative Writing and Drama Masterclass

Give yourself three hours to connect with your creative and intuitive side and let your imagination do the talking as we attempt to read under the lines of the patient histories and unearth aspects of these real women’s lives…

London in the eighteenth century was a city of stark extremes of wealth and poverty, religious fervour and enthusiastic sin. Prostitution was rife. Syphilis commonplace.

The discovery of a handwritten register describing the backgrounds and stories of over 200 inmates of the city’s Lock Asylum in the 1780s and 1790s gives us a unique insight into the lives of these young women.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn improvisation techniques practiced by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
  • Have developed your agility in telling stories and shifting perspectives by walking in other people’s shoes.
  • Learn how to build characters and narrative.
  • Connect with the material in an experiential, empathetic and personal way.
  • Learn creative, speaking and presentation skills that you can apply to your work and life.

Workshop is £5, women only.