Swiss Association of Teachers of English

SATE 2021 November course with Michael Patrick

The course is fully booked.

Venue: Kantonsschule Solothurn
Date: 25 - 26 November 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9. a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday)
Fee: CHF 350.- (SATE members CHF 330.-).

Course Description
The SATE November course 2021 will take place in Solothurn on the 25th and 26th of November 2021 and will be hosted by the playwright and actor Michael Patrick from Belfast.
To quote Michael: “The course will concentrate on writing a Tiny Play with examples from contemporary playwrights. There will be an emphasis on comedy and teaching creative writing to young people, while exploring texts from Alice Birch, Caitriona Daly, Vicky Jones, Deirdre Kinahan and Lynn Nottage. Over the course we will look at exercises designed to develop useful skills in writing for live performance. This will include: Generating Ideas, Structure, Action vs Dramatic Action, Refining A Theme, Characterisation, Relationships and Dialogue. As well as developing playwriting skills, we will also discuss Drafting, Writing a One Act Play and The Business of Playwriting. Through examples, discussion, writing and feedback, each participant will be encouraged to write their own Tiny Play (Fishamble model), which is a short play of approximately 600 words."


Michael Patrick is an award-winning writer and actor from Belfast. His coming-of-age comedic play My Left Nut about Belfast, masculinity, friendship, family, love and grief is now a major BBC 3 TV series. The Alternative deals with the "Irish Question" from the vantage point of a different historical trajectory. Namely, one in which the War of Independence never happened. Partition never occurred and now in the year 2019 Ireland must decide on whether it should leave the UK or not. It was the winning play of Fishamble's "A Play for Ireland" initiative. The Border is another political play. A timely reflection on 100 years of the border in Ireland and how it impacted those who live along it.
The one-man play My Left Nut was nominated for the best show under 1 hour at the Dublin Fringe Festival and won a Summerhall Lustrum Award at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Michael is one of 16 writers in the BBC Writersroom "Belfast Voices". He has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Abbey Theatre (National Theatre of Ireland), The Lyric Theatre and Northern Ireland Opera.
Moreover, Michael has appeared on Game of Thrones, Death and Nightingales, Krypton, The Keeper, Bernard Dunne's Mythical Heroes and Soft Border Control and he currently has several new projects in development for TV.

Registration is no longer possible because the course is fully booked.