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These Streets: What can we do about classism in the arts?

  12.4%: The number of people who come from a working-class background working in Film, TV or Radio. In These Streets, the new film from Underscore Studios, the issue of classism within the arts is brought to the forefront. We caught up with writer, Jordan John, to find out more about the project, the issues …

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Fizzy Sherbet – Exciting Writing by Womxn: The Podcast

In this post, playwright Tamara von Werthern talks about Fizzy Sherbet, a short play reading series which has now been reimagined as a podcast to showcase the voices of womxm writers…   At the tail end of 2016, theatre director Lily McLeish and myself met up for a coffee. We were meeting for a lot …

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Chippy Lane Productions: The benefits of writers’ groups

Writing can be a lonely business but joining (or setting up!) a writers’ group can be a great way to counteract this. In this post, Rebecca Jade Hammond,  Artistic Director of Chippy Lane and founder of their Welsh Female Writers Group (WFW), shares her insights; and writers, Faebian Averies and Sophie Warren, talk about the …

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Hunch Theatre: Adapting a Classic Novel for the Stage

How do you make a centuries-old novel exciting and relevant for a modern-day stage audience? Award-winning theatre-makers HUNCHtheatre recently converted A Hero Of Our Time, a 180-year-old Russian novel, for performances in Edinburgh, London and St Petersburg. In this post, George Hamilton speaks to actor and playwright Oliver Bennett and director Vladimir Scherban from HUNCH, …

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How do you change the location of a play you have already written?

In this guest post, playwright Tamara von Werthern talks about the implications of changing the location of her play The White Bike, which, after its’ London Premiere in 2017, has now made its’ way to Bournemouth for a production this Spring.  A year and a half ago, my play The White Bike premiered at The …

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Among Angels: A Playwright’s Journey (from first play to full production)

In this guest post, playwright Timothy Graves reflects on the journey of writing his first play: from the initial inspiration to producing it at the Courtyard Theatre for a four week run this April.  ‘Never are we nearer the Light than when darkness is deepest.’ ‘Among Angels’ is my first play. I have written two …

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Induced Structural Collapse – Writing a Text From Inside the Skin of its Forebear

why this sky will be presenting their show Portents as part of The Space’s Spring Season. The play began as the result of devised workshops and in this guest post, writer Nat Norland shares his tips for deconstructing and reworking the original text to create something new.  I can’t really talk about how I started writing Portents, because I didn’t start writing it. The first …

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Catching the Devil: Writing in Response to a Well Known Play 

Playwright Athena Stevens’ short play, Recompense, is being performed at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of Dark Night of the Soul: The Feminine Response to the Faustian Myth. In this guest post, she shares her experiences of writing in response to a well known play. If we are very lucky, a playwright’s commission comes with a set of …

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Four tips on how to write a historical play that still feels contemporary

Reflecting on her experience of writing ‘Dandelion‘, which is set in 1988 and centres around the impact of the homophobic law Section 28, guest writer Jennifer Richards discusses writing a play for a modern audience that isn’t about the modern at all.  Writing a play that’s not set in today’s world feels risky; with the idea …

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Adaptation, or what you will: Chloë Myerson from Monkhead Theatre on writing adaptations

Ever wanted to know more about writing an adaptation? We asked writer and co-founder of Monkhead Theatre,  Chloë Myerson, to reflect on her experience of working on adaptations and to share her tips with us… Monkhead Theatre’s latest show, Collective Intelligence #1 The Interpretation of dreams, an adaptation of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, takes …

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