Jennifer Richards

Why Do I Make Theatre?

For World Theatre Day, Editor Jennifer Richards reflects on what drew her to playwriting.  I’m currently on the Writers’ Lab course run by Soho Theatre, where over roughly 9 months you’re taught in groups about structure, character and various other techniques that go into writing a play. And throughout this process, you’re working to complete a full-length …

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Why it’s best not to always listen to writing advice columns

Editor Jennifer Richards is happy to hold her hands hands up and start this piece by acknowledging the irony in writing an advice column about why you shouldn’t listen to advice columns… Hopefully, by the end, we’ll have figured our way out of that Catch 22* I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I …

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The ‘Diversity Card’: Why are men using female pseudonyms?

 Female writers using male pseudonyms is viewed as common practise, the so-called Brontë effect. But could the trend now be swinging the other way? In this piece, Editor Jennifer Richards looks at why some male playwrights have been adopting female pen names when entering competitions.   There is a notable historical tradition of women writing …

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#WrAP Diary Week 5 – And We’re Out!

Our Editor, Jennifer Richards, has taken up the challenge to write a play in a month as part of our #WrAP initiative. And with Week Five done, we’ve come to the end! And just like that, we’re finished – #WrAP has wrapped itself up! In some ways, January felt like the ever-lasting month (five Mondays are WAY …

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LGBTQ+ Representation in Theatre: A Chat With Full Disclosure Theatre

Bored of seeing the same heterosexual narrative on stage? Read our Editor Jennifer  Richards’ Q&A with Full Disclosure Theatre to find out how they’re working to correct that… As a LGBTQ+ theatre maker, getting to see queer characters on stage for the first time made my cry, as I finally saw someone like me reflected …

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#WrAP Diary Week 4 – Time To Show Not Tell!

Our Editor, Jennifer Richards, has taken up the challenge to write a play in a month as part of our #WrAP initiative. With Week Four done, the finish line’s almost in sight… After struggling to write last week (which you can read about in my third #WrAP diary here), this week was about getting back on that …

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#WrAP Diary Week 3 – When Life Gets In The Way

Our Editor, Jennifer Richards, has taken up the challenge to write a play in a month as part of our #WrAP initiative. With Week Three done, she’s realising it’s not always healthy to push yourself.  Sadly life isn’t always as simple as setting a goal, working for it and achieving it. Sometimes obstacles just get in the way, …

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