COME TO WHERE I’M FROM: Salisbury

Meet the four playwrights who will be performing their own short plays on the 20 February at Salisbury Playhouse.

Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Salisbury to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.

HANNAH TREADAWAY

Hannah is a writer, director and composer and is currently a writer on Graeae Theatre Company’s Write to Play Scheme. Hannah has worked with a range of theatres including Wiltshire Creative, Lighthouse Poole, Diverse City, Wyldwood Arts, The Bunker Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, HighTide Festival Theatre and is currently assistant director on PEELING with Taking Flight Theatre. In 2017 Hannah was resident director at Wiltshire Creative through the Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme 3 month placements. Since then Hannah has worked with Wiltshire Creative on a number of projects and productions, including adapting and directing a modern version of ALI BABA with youth theatre Stage 65 in the Salberg last summer, integrating live audio description, BSL and captioning into the piece. @hannahtreadaway

BARNEY NORRIS

Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987. After leaving university he founded the touring theatre company Up in Arms with Alice Hamilton.

His plays include: NIGHTFALL (The Bridge Theatre); WHILE WE’RE HERE (Up in Arms at the Bush and on tour); ECHO’S END (Salisbury Playhouse); EVENTIDE (Up In Arms, Arcola and on tour); THE ACCLAIMED VISITORS (Up in Arms, Arcola and on tour – Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and nominated for an Evening Standard Award). His short plays include: EVERY YOU EVERY ME (Salisbury Playhouse and on tour); FEAR OF MUSIC (Up in Arms and Out of Joint); and AT FIRST SIGHT (Up in Arms at Latitude Festival and on tour).

His novels TURNING FOR HOME and the bestselling FIVE RIVERS MET ON A WOODED PLAIN are published by Transworld, his non-fiction books THE WELLSPRING: CONVERSATIONS WITH DAVID OWEN NORRIS and TO BODIES GONE: THE THEATRE OF PETER GILL are published by Seren. He is a Martin Esslin playwright in residence at Keble College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

VERONICA DEWAN

Of Indian and Irish heritage, Veronica was born and raised in England by adoptive parents, Frances from Dublin and Syd from Suffolk.  Her first play, SHE IS NOT HERSELF, drawing on her experience of reunion with her birth mother, was a Kali Theatre Company production. Directed by Helena Bell, it received a rehearsed reading at The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse as part of Theatre Fest West 2015, and was a Kali Workshop production at Tristan Bates Theatre in 2016. Work-in-progress includes BUSTARD which began life at Paula B. Stanic’s Writing for Multicultural Voices at Salisbury Arts Centre.  BUSTARD was workshopped and given a rehearsed reading, directed by Hannah Treadaway, at Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) Laboratory in 2017. 

In 2013, Veronica moved to Salisbury from the Isle of Wight, developing her playwriting skills with mentor Angela Street, and as a student of the Salisbury Playhouse/Out of Joint Writers’ Academy led by Samantha Potter and Barney Norris. In 2018, Veronica joined the new writers’ programme launched by NST in partnership with Up in Arms Theatre Company.

HARRY BLAKE

Harry is a composer, sound designer and writer. His musical THOR AND LOKI premiered at Edinburgh Fringe, HighTide and The Lowry last year. He is currently adapting ETA Hoffman’s THE SANDMAN for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company at Southwark Playhouse.  Harry is one half of award-winning comedy cabaret duo HOUSE OF BLAKEWELL.

Composition credits include: CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN (The Rose, Kingston and national tour); WILD EAST (Young Vic); PARADISE, THE GLASS SUPPER (Hampstead); HER NAKED SKIN, NIGHT MUST FALL, HEDDA GABLER, BIKE (Salisbury Playhouse); THE MARCH ON RUSSIA (Orange Tree); ODE TO LEEDS, RUDOLF (West Yorkshire Playhouse); BLUSH (Soho Theatre and tour); SEPTIMUS BEAN, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, THE SNOW CHILD (Unicorn); MEGABALL (National Theatre Let’s Play); RAPUNZEL (Cambridge Junction); THE SECRET SEVEN, THE BEGGAR’S OPERA (Storyhouse Chester); THE GRADUATE (Leicester Curve and tour); MANGA SISTER, RHINEGOLD (The Yard); THE ISLAND NATION (Arcola); CASA VALENTINA (Southwark Playhouse); P’yongyang (Finborough); TO DREAM AGAIN (Theatr Clwyd). In 2017, Harry was appointed Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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