Meet the four playwrights who will be performing their own short plays on the 09 November at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
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 Newbury to invite four of the town’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.
BETH FLINTOFF (Writer)
Beth is a freelance playwright and theatre director whose writing has been longlisted for The Papatango Prize, The Bruntwood Prize, and nominated for Most Promising New Playwright 2017 at the Off West End Awards. Her play THE GLOVE THIEF, commissioned by Tonic, is published by Nick Hern Books and regularly performed by young companies around the world.
She is an Associate Artist at Reading Between Lines Theatre Company in Reading, for whom she has written OSCAR WILDE ON TRIAL; HENRY I OF ENGLAND; MATILDA THE EMPRESS; and HENRY II. Other writing includes THE BALLAD OF MARIA MARTENfor Eastern Angles (touring again in 2020); THE REBELLIOUS WOMEN OF WIMBLEDON for Attic Theatre Company; ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF WAR AND PEACE on Greenham Common (2017).
Beth has collaborated twice as writer/director with physical theatre ensemble Rhum and Clay, on JEKYLL AND HYDE (The Watermill)and HARDBOILED (The Watermill/New Diorama Theatre – Off West End Award Nominee for Best Director 2016). As the former Outreach Director at The Watermill, she worked on many productions as writer, director or both, including THE RIVALS;HAMLET;MACBETH; ROMEO AND JULIET; OTHELLO; and DOCTOR FAUSTUS. For the Watermill Senior Youth Theatre: DAVID COPPERFIELD; LIFE LESSONS; WRITERS’ BLOCK; THE GIRL WHO NEVER FORGOT; and THE THREE MUSKETEERS.
Beth is currently working on THE WORLD WE MADE (Change Festival at Warwick Arts Centre), GENOMESand THE LAST ABBOT OF READINGfor Reading Between the Lines, and a new commission for Write the Girl Project, working with St Albans High School for Girls. She is also the Co-Director of THE INCIDENT ROOM, which will run at New Diorama Theatre before transferring to Off Broadway in New York, April 2020.
DANIELLE PEARSON (Writer)
Danielle Pearson is the playwright in residence at the Watermill Theatre. Her work there has included the site-specific actor-musician piece NEWBURY YARNS, several original plays for the Senior Youth Theatre and outreach groups, and a new adaptation of JANE EYRE touring to schools this autumn.
In London, recent projects include THIS RESTLESS STATE, produced by Fuel at Ovalhouse, and the R&D of children’s musical THE WITCHES AND THE SINGING MICE at the Unicorn Theatre. She has had short plays featured in venues including Southwark Playhouse, the Old Red Lion and Camden People’s Theatre.
As the winner of the EU Collective Plays! Competition, Danielle also works internationally in Italy and Turkey, with a recent collaborative piece, AND SO MY FACE BECAME MY SCAR, performed at last summer’s Quartieri Del’ Arte festival in Viterbo.
In 2017 she graduated from the Royal Court Writing Group.
SOPHIE STONE (Writer)
Theatre includes: AS YOU LIKE IT (Shakespeare’s Globe); EMILIA (Shakespeare’s Globe/West End); MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Watermill Theatre); JUBILEE (Lyric, Hammersmith/Manchester Royal Exchange); THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (Birmingham Rep/ UK tour); HERONS (Lyric Hammersmith); MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN (National Theatre); MINE (Shared Experience); FROZEN (Birmingham Rep); TWO (Southwark Playhouse); THE BLOODY GREAT BORDER BALLAD PROJECT (Northern Stage); IN WATER I’M WEIGHTLESS (National Theatre of Wales); PANDORA (Arcola); WOMAN OF FLOWERS (Forest Forge/UK tour); MULTIPLEX, FEN, YOU MAKE ME HAPPY (WHEN SKIES ARE GREY) (Watermill Theatre).
Television includes: TWO DOORS DOWN; SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY; SHETLAND; THE CROWN; DOCTOR WHO; MAPP AND LUCIA; MOONSTONE; MARCHLANDS; MIDSOMER MURDERS; SMALL WORLD; HOLBY CITY; CASUALTY; FM.
Film includes: RETREAT(Sophie was awarded the Best Actress Award, Clin d’Oeil Festival); MY CHRISTMAS ANGEL; CONFESSIONS; COMING HOME.
Sophie Stone is Co-Founder of Deaf & Hearing Ensemble Theatre Company.
TALITHA WING (Writer)
Talitha Wing graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2018. Talitha is a professional actor, writer and poet. Paines Plough; COME TO WHERE I’M FROM, is Talitha’s first commissioned play. Acting credits since graduation include: ALEX RIDER directed by Andreas Prochaska (Eleventh Hour Films / Sony TV); THE FEED directed by Jill Robertson (Amazon Studios) and the feature film; MILITARY WIVES directed by Peter Cattaneo (42).
ABOUT THE WATERMILL
The Watermill Theatre has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading regional theatres. From its beautiful home in a small Berkshire village, work has been created that is admired around the world. Last year 67,740 people attended shows or one-off events at The Watermill, where new productions are staged annually, ranging from Shakespeare and musicals to classics, new plays and youth theatre productions. The Watermill tours regularly across the UK as well as rural touring productions, which play in village halls and small arts centres in the South. Recent and upcoming tours and London transfers have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (National Tour), One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (Jermyn Street Theatre), Amélie (National Tour), Twelfth Night (Wilton’s Music Hall), Burke and Hare (Jermyn Street Theatre), Trial By Laughter (National Tour), Teddy (National Tour and The Vaults), Crazy For You (National Tour), The Wipers Times (West End and Tour), Loot (Park Theatre), Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (International Tours), Murder For Two (The Other Palace) and Frankenstein (Wilton’s Music Hall).
The Watermill Theatre aims to be a focal point for the local community and is proud to play a leading part in helping the careers of the theatre-makers of tomorrow. The Watermill’s unique environment encourages a real sense of ensemble, and its intimate 200-seat auditorium also means that there is a particularly strong connection between the actors and audience. This combination makes The Watermill a very special place to visit.