During the May 2011 PMC-Papua New Guinea Writers’ Workshop, PMC’s lead trainer, Virginia Carter, opened up the week by telling writers, “I want hot, sexy soap operas. I want to grab the audience by the throat and not let them go until 208 episodes later.” Formerly working as Senior Vice-President and Head of Drama on shows like Maude, All in the Family, and Diff’rent Strokes, if Virginia asks for something, people listen!
For the past eight months, Virginia has been working both in-person and remotely with writers in PNG to help craft PMC’s innovative and powerful social change dramas dealing with culturally-relevant PNG issues. With two separate dramas, six unique settings and story arcs, and characters that represent all of the major regions of PNG, PMC’s writers have worked around the clock to get two hit series on the air. Both dramas have now aired their 30th episode.
The workshops given by trainers like Virginia and the issues the dramas address are already beginning to effect great change, even among PMC’s Papua New Guinean writers and actors. Take a look at the video above for immensely powerful interview of how the dramas have already improved one actress’s life.
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