Investigation One

Investigation One was set by Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martin’s new MA Dramatic Writing Course Leader Jennifer Tuckett who has led the way in developing new industry partnered creative writing teaching models in the UK.

The investigation challenged students to explore new models for training dramatic writers in collaborative practice, exploring The Alligator Club technique, which Jennifer developed during a year long investigation of new writing in the North West with six partner theatres: the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Dukes Lancaster, Theatre by the Lake and The Arts Organisation Liverpool.

As part of the investigation, students developed and wrote a collaborative piece on Revolution, drawing on Drama Centre London’s and Central Saint Martins’ history and  exploring how individuals can change things today.

The investigation also explored how to teach the writer as producer model as part of the collaborative process and helped empower students to explore new ways of developing sustainable careers as writers – for example The Alligator Club technique used two writers as curators/producers for each project, empowering writers to approach and work with theatres as co-producers and opening up a new potential way of sustaining or building a career for emerging writers.