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Digital Projects and new appointments

Today we’re excited to announce new digital projects, connecting you with new work from national and international playwrights. 

With freedom of travel currently restricted, we hope you will join us in experiencing the different places people call home, across counties and countries in isolation.

COME TO WHERE I AM

In response to a rapidly changing world, where all touring and live performance is currently on hiatus, we are launching COME TO WHERE I AM – that’s right, a spin-off of our flagship project COME TO WHERE I’M FROM.

In partnership with theatres across the UK, we have commissioned 30 new short plays from writers about the places they call home and their relationship to home at this time will be shared with you as visual-audio pieces and then performed at our partner venues when they reopen.

Our brilliant partner theatres include Derby Theatre, Eastern Angles, Open Clasp Theatre Company Newcastle, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Reading Rep Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre by the Lake Keswick.

All of the new plays will be made available online and, for certain groups who may find it more difficult or even impossible to access digital content, we are offering a caller service – live readings of the plays over the phone, allowing people with little or no online access to experience these plays. We are working with some exciting TV celebs to provide this caller service including  David Bradley, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Lisa Hammond and Sally Dynevor – with more still to be announced. 

THE PLACE I CALL HOME

Our second digital initiative we’re launching today (and a further spin-off of COME TO WHERE I’M FROM) is THE PLACE I CALL HOME, a brand-new programme connecting international writers to create new work together, in isolation, across borders.

Presented in collaboration with theatres across Europe, two writers will be paired up to co-author a new bilingual play about the place they call home. These plays will then be realised with digital artist collaborators, performed by British Drama school students who have had projects postponed and shared across digital platforms.

Partnerships so far:

·        Theatre Dortmund (Germany), with German playwright Calle Fuhr (INTO THE STARS) and UK playwright Dipo Baruwa-Etti (AN UNFINISHED MAN)

·        Theatr Ludowy (Krakow) with Polish playwright Magda Węgrzyn and UK writer Travis Alabanza (BURGERZ)

·        Elsinor Theatre Milan (Italy) with Italian playwright Giuditta Mingucci (I WISH) from and UK playwright Rosie MacPherson (WHERE WE BEGAN), in partnership with Yorkshire-based company Stand and Be Counted (the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary)

NEW APPOINTMENTS

TRAINEE DIRECTOR: Kaleya Baxe

Kaleya Baxe is a writer, director and facilitator whose directorial debut play PATRICIA GETS READY (FOR A DATE WITH THE MAN THAT USED TO HIT HER) had a sold out run at The White Bear and won the VAULT Festival Show Of The Week Award. As well as working on outreach projects with the Young Vic, Kiln and Arcola Theatre, she has directed short pieces at leading fringe venues such as The Bunker, Theatre503 and the Roundhouse. Her most recent project was WRITTEN by Alex Cooke, a new play that toured to schools, pupil referral units and other youth settings.

BIG ROOM PLAYWRIGHT FELLOW: Vickie Donoghue

Vickie is a playwright and writer for TV and radio.

Her debut full-length play, MUDLARKS, was developed through High Tide’s Escalator Programme and produced by The Bush, following its premiere at the 2012 High Tide Festival. The play garnered wide spread critical acclaim. In Lyn Gardner’s words the play ‘sings with promise’ and Libby Purves described it as ‘stunning… unforgettable’.

Vickie has also collaborated with Theatre Royal Portsmouth, the Mercury Theatre, the Royal Court and Paines Plough as a writer-on-attachment. Her work is published by Methuen Drama.

Other work includes THE GIFT, for BBC Radio 4 and she is currently working on an original series with Natalie Mitchell, THE PIPER, for BBC Sounds.

Introducing a new PLAYWRIGHT BURSARY: Ric Renton

Ric Renton is an actor and writer. He recently finished his debut play, NOTHING IN A BUTTERFLY, which had been planned to premiere this summer. Ric will use the bursary to write a play about his time as a teenager in Durham Prison and an intimate friendship struck up with a prison guard over two years across the cell door. The bursary and support from Paines Plough will allow for development of the project, and for Ric to further his own writing by spending more time at the theatre.

Charlotte and Katie said:

‘We are delighted to share our new digital plans which expand on our existing app and project COME TO WHERE I’M FROM. We recognise that these are challenging times and we hope that this new programme which celebrates homes and places will enable audiences to be momentarily transported somewhere else – whether that be spending ten minutes in Derby or half an hour in Milan. Collaborating with our excellent national and international partners we are pleased to be providing employment for artists to still create thrilling new theatre for audiences.

We are also excited to announce our ongoing commitment to developing extraordinary artists through the appointment of our playwright fellow and trainee director and to also introduce our new playwrighting bursary. These three artists are incredibly gifted and we look forward to supporting them over the next year to develop and thrive.’


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