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Talking Pictures Part 2

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Date: Saturday 2 May 2015

Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

Cost: £10 (Please book in advance - limited spaces available)

Do you have an eye for dialogue? An ear for colour? Step into the realm of BBC Radio drama and learn from the experts in this exclusive two-part event!

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Mary Cooper, who has written extensively for stage, screen and radio including seven single dramas for BBC Radio Four, will encourage participants to look closer at the figures in George Morland's paintings and bring them to life through the creation of audio drama.

Whether families, smugglers, slaves, gypsies or ladies taking tea, Morland's characters lean towards each other as if in speech. In this workshop you will have a chance to animate these scenes and to imagine what is being said. Over two Saturday workshops, you will develop a character, experiment with dialogue, write a scene and make a recording.

On April 25, Exhibition Curator, Layla Bloom, will introduce the context of Morland's work.  With guidance from Mary, participants will then choose a character from one of the pictures, explore characterisation and begin to write their own dialogue.

In Part 2 of this workshop, taking place on May 2, Mary will be joined by actor, director and voice coach, Olwen May, to explore the dialogue produced the previous week. Olwen and Mary will work with participants to rehearse and make an audio recording of the scenes.

Mary Cooper originally trained as a newspaper journalist. She now writes for stage, radio and screen, as well as writing poetry and narrative text. Her work ranges from historical dramas for BBC Radio 4 to a book of stories based on the contemporary lives of families on an estate in West Yorkshire. 

Olwen May has an extensive TV and Theatre CV.  She has just finished filming for the BBC's drama 'Happy Valley' and has appeared in 'Inspector George Gently'. Olwen was part of a long standing storyline in 'Coronation Street' playing the no-nonsense, D.S Malone. She is also regularly to be heard in BBC Radio Four drama. 

Suitable for ages 16 +

Places are limited so please book online in advance. There is a £10 fee which covers both these workshops. Please ensure that you can attend both sessions! 

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch. There are a number of cafes nearby.  

For further information please contact the gallery directly by email:gallery@leeds.ac.uk  or telephone: 0113 3432778.