Write Now 7 announced

Jack Studio Theatre presents its Annual Playwriting Festival 

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Supported by the London Borough of Lewisham

Sponsored by Acorn Estates Ltd

Write Now 7

Submissions are now open for the annual new writing festival at the Jack Studio Theatre

Deadline for submissions: 29th January 2016

WRITE NOW 7 Festival: May 2016

The Jack Studio Theatre is proud to announce WRITE NOW 7, its annual new writing festival that will open in May 2016, and run for four weeks.Under the artistic direction of Kate Bannister, the WRITE NOW festival is an essential part of the Jack Studio Theatre’s yearly programme, and which each year looks to find and produce the most exciting, diverse and significant work of emerging writers who have a connection to south east London.

From the submissions of plays to a specific brief, in 2016 one play will be chosen for the month-long festival. It will appear alongside writing workshops, audience discussions, and the performance of seven new short plays.

For Write Now 7:

  • One winning play is given a full-production for three weeks
  • The playwright will be given the opportunity to fully explore and develop the play before rehearsals, with mentoring support from the director and Write Now dramaturg. The winning playwright also receives financial support to attend rehearsals and career development advice.

Past winners of the festival have gone on to have work developed and produced by the BBC writersroom, High Tide and The Liverpool Everyman.

The WRITE NOW festival is also about celebrating the local area of south east London, and the theatre’s connection and engagement with its audience. The festival is a wonderful celebration of this culturally diverse and dynamic area of London, with writers exploring themes and subject matter which resonates with the local audience and beyond.

The WRITE NOW FESTIVAL reading panel is led by Jack Artistic Director Kate Bannister and Literary Manager David Bottomley, and consists of the Jack’s associated artists and industry professionals. The final selection panel will be announced shortly.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN 

We are now accepting submissions of scripts.

The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday 29 January 2016

Full guidelines and a 2016 application form are available on the Write Now page on our website: www.brockleyjack.co.uk

Scripts are submitted via email to: admin@brockleyjack.co.uk

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Write Now 6 News

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It’s almost that time of year again, when the Jack becomes a hub for the best of local new writing, there is already a buzz in the air as we have just released the full line up of plays and workshops happening this May.

Tickets are now on sale via our website so it’s time to book and guarantee your seat for one of the most exciting new writing festivals in London!

Here are the full details:

To launch this year’s Write Now Festival we have a selection of short plays to whet your appetite.
Chosen from submissions to the Jack, these plays explore different aspects of our chosen theme: Lead Us. We’re giving playwrights the chance to show the world what a real leader looks like (or failing that, to show us where we’re going wrong).

What defines a leader? Do they command or defer?
Do we pick them, or do they pick themselves?
Heart warming, thought-provoking and humorous, these short plays are drawn from UK and international submissions.

We are pleased to announce this year’s shorts are:
Footprints by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson
Four Interrogations by Maximillian Singh Gill
Queens of the Realm by Ian August
Roleplay by Nick Myles
The Catch by Tom Harvey
The Soldier by Chris Paxton
True Grit by Judy Upton

Saturday May 9 at 5pm and 730pm


 

Talking to Alice by Lucinda Burnett
Write Now 6 Winner
directed by Tanith Lindon

Adam takes photographs, lots of photographs, and has a tendency to share too much. After a spectacular bust up at a nightclub, Adam finds himself in the care of trainee social worker Harriet. As their relationship develops Harriet finds herself struggling to cope, and both are pushed to breaking point. A warm and poignant new drama about friendship, mental health and the costs of caring.

‘You ever go somewhere and you think, yeah, I belong here? But you’re not happy because here is a hospital bed and here is lumpy?’

Lucinda Burnett graduated with distinction from the Advanced Theatre Practice MA at Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include: Come to Where I’m From (Royal Exchange Theatre, Paines Plough), Organised (Unicorn Theatre), Some Of Us (Oval House Theatre) and George’s Dad (Rose Theatre). Lucinda was part of the Future Perfect attachment at Paines Plough Theatre Company and is a member of the Old Vic New Voices company. Lucinda lives in West Norwood.

Staged Reading performances: Tuesday 12, Thursday 14 at 7.45pm & Saturday 16 May at 4pm

There will be a post show conversation on Thursday 14 May with members of the creative team. This is open to all who have bought a ticket for that night’s performance.


 

Dog Country by Joseph Wilde
Write Now 6 Winner
directed by Mark Leipacher

Hotspur loves Germ, Germ loves Pigeon, and Pigeon loves himself. It’s 2001 and these teenagers have the world at their feet. In 2011, Trish and Mike have changed beyond recognition since they last met. They rekindle a long dead attraction, though the elephant in the room is threatening to trample them both. Dog Country is about a generation of kids who tried to become adults at the worst possible time.

‘You’re a meteorite. You’re a meteorite and I’m a dinosaur. You’re a spaceship and I’m a…Caveman.’

Joseph Wilde is a graduate of the Royal Court and Chichester Festival Theatre Young Writers Programmes, and of HighTide Festival Theatre’s Escalator Playwright attachment. Cuddles, Joseph’s first play, opened at the Ovalhouse Theatre in 2013. In May it will tour nationally before transferring to New York. Other theatre includes The Pier (Oxford Playhouse/Marlowe Theatre) and The Van Dyck Vanishments (Marine Studios/Milo Wladek Co). Joseph also writes for TV and radio. In 2014 his play The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman won the BBC Drama Imison Award. Joseph lives in Camberwell.

Staged Reading performances: Wednesday 13, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May at 7.45pm

There will be a post show conversation with the creative team on Friday 15 May. This is open to all who have bought a ticket for that night’s performance.


 

rock paper scissors by Olga Nikora
Write Now 6 Winner (full production)
directed by Kate Bannister

Roma and Mihai are brothers sharing a tiny south London flat. They fight about everything. Food. Girlfriends. Drinking. Parents. The only thing they don’t fight about is that neither wants to be known as a Romanian gypsy. rock paper scissors explores kinship and identity, and asks when do we stop being children and when do we stop playing games.

‘I’m not a nobody. I been here ten years. This is my home. I’m a local. Everyone back in Romania is real proud of me…I’m a legend there, I am.’

Olga Nikora was born in Eastern Europe and moved to New Zealand when she was a child. Olga began writing while studying for her law degree. Her first play Tightrope Bonnie was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award. Theatre credits: In the Company of Strangers (Soho Theatre, staged reading), Then they came for me (Greenwich Theatre). Olga lives in south east London and is currently working on a short film about the diverse and multicultural nature of London.

Tuesday 19 – Saturday 30 May at 7.45pm (Tues -Sat only)

There will be a post show conversation with members of the creative team on Friday 22 May. This is open to all who have bought a ticket for that nights’ performance.


 

Take Part in Write Now 6

Join us for our writing workshops if you want to try out something new or if you have an idea you want to develop. We have three new workshops for you this year, with exciting guest speakers. All workshops are just £5! Numbers are limited to twelve per workshop, so please book online to guarantee your place. Workshops are suitable for all experiences.

Big Adventures in Small Worlds (Saturday 16 May 1-3pm)

In this workshop we use automatic writing exercises, drawing on our past experiences to create authentic familiar worlds for our characters to inhabit. This ‘small world’ is then a safe place to explore a ‘big adventure’, allowing us to investigate challenging, scary and unwieldy themes and events.
Led by Anna Jordan.

Anna won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2013 with her play Yen, which had a sell out run at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other writing credits include Freak (Assembly Fest Edinburgh / Theatre503), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre, Winner of West End Frame Fringe Production of the Year 2014), The Freedom Light (Company of Angels), The Ivory Year (LAMDA), Stay Happy Keep Smiling (Soho Theatre), Coming Home (Bush Theatre). Staunch (Arcola), Fragments (Riverside). She is Artistic Director of Without a Paddle Theatre and has taught acting and playwriting at RADA, LAMDA, Arts Ed, Italia Conti and Identity. She is currently on the BBC Drama Production Writers’ Scheme.


Synopsis Surgery (Saturday 23 May 1-3pm)

Get it right before you write! This workshop is about honing a workable blueprint for your play. Pitch and kick ideas around and get feedback from group discussion to move your play forward.
Led by David Bottomley.

David is Literary Manager of the Jack Studio Theatre, a playwright and workshop leader. He has run workshops for Spread the Word, Goldsmiths, IDEO and IdeasTap. He founded the London Playwrights’ Collective and the Jack Writers’ Workshop. He took Message in a Bottle, his one man show to Edinburgh Festival 2012 and his play, The Peacock and the Nightingale had it’s world premiere at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2014.


Inventing In/credible! Characters (Saturday 30 May 1-3pm)

A practical look at how to craft truthful and believable characters with real potential to inspire great drama. Come with a character in mind or create one on the spot. Through exercises and discussion the workshop will look at how to build a character, and by exploring their public, private and inner worlds, how you can discover the potent relationships, needs and wants that will form the foundations of a character’s journey.
Led by Suzanne Gorman.

Suzanne is a Director, Dramaturg and Producer whose work has focused on giving a platform to the voices, stories and creativity of BAME and diverse communities. She is Artistic Director of Maya Productions, a company that makes theatre that reflects and celebrates diversity. She is also Artistic Associate at Soho Theatre, where she previously led the creative learning department and directed over fifteen new writing productions, managed the unique young writers programmes and pioneered the company’s groundbreaking site specific and digital work with communities. She has worked and directed for New Perspectives Theatre Company, Derby LIVE, Shared Experience, Immediate Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Leicester Haymarket, Kali Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

The Write Now 6 Festival is supported by the London Borough of Lewisham and Arts Council England funding through Grants for the Arts.

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Write Now 6 – short plays wanted

Write Now 6To launch the Write Now 6 Festival we will be performing six ten minute plays.

Submissions are open to UK and international playwrights and selected plays will be performed on Saturday 9th May 2015
Submission deadline: Friday 20th February 2015
Please download our guidelines for further information:

http://www.brockleyjack.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Write-Now-6-shorts.pdf

 

Lead Us

As elections loom in May, UK voters will choose a leader for their country. Next year Americans will do the same. But leaders come in many different guises, and not all of them can be found on a ballot sheet. We’re giving you the chance to show the world what a real leader looks like (or failing that, just show us where we’re going wrong)

What defines a leader?
Do they command or defer?
Lead from the front or the back?
Good in a crisis, or sage and longsighted?
Do we pick them, or do they pick themselves?

The tribulations of the shop-floor manager standing firm on Black Friday, foreign policy on the football pitch, or the first intrepid ant to raise its head above the parapet. Come at it from any angle you wish. The characters you create will provoke a debate. I’d bet my vote on it.

2015 theme set by Philip Lindsey, Jack Literary Associate
Please email your submission toadmin@brockleyjack.co.uk

Shorts will be selected in late March and announced on our website.
A further 10 plays not chosen for performance may be selected, with the playwright’s permission, for publication on our website during the Festival.

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The Jack announces first Playwright in Residence

The Jack Studio is pleased to appoint Howard Colyer as our first playwright in residence.

The Jack has a strong tradition of supporting playwrights, and of promoting and presenting new writing throughout the year. We present an annual new writing festival, Write Now, for playwrights with an association to the area, and also run regular Scratch Nights as well as the Jack Writers’ Workshop for playwrights with scripts in development.

Howard Colyer’s appointment as playwright in residence, till Spring 2016, continues the venue’s strong association with this writer, who has had nine plays produced at the venue.

In January and February 2015, Ballast Theatre will be bringing Colyer’s new adaptation of Boris Godunov to the Jack, and his three original plays Without Reluctance and Without Relief.

 

Howard ColyerHoward Colyer’s family comes from south east London. His father and mother were both born in Peckham and they met at the New Cross Palais in 1943, which is now The Venue.  Howard Colyer was born in 1961 near Brixton Hill.  He went to school in Streatham and left when he was sixteen.  But later he took his A Levels in Croydon and then studied history at university, Keele and Illinois State.

However circumstances forced a change of direction and in 1989 he started his career in computing. Soon afterwards, in his spare time, he started writing fiction. He has written many short stories and a few novels. He also published a translation of Kafka’s Letter to my Father.

In 2008 Colyer started to write plays. One of the first of these was an adaptation of the letter, Kafka v Kafka, which was staged at the Jack Studio in 2012. His other plays include The Good Analyst (2010), The Overcoat (2011), Conference Call (2011), Homework (2011), Finchley Road (2012), Trojan Women (2013), Mandrake (2013), Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji (2013), Flight (2014), Marriage (2014), Diary of a Madman, (2014). Howard Colyer is a Millwall fan, as was his father and his grandfather. According to Howard, not many season ticket holders at The Den translate Kafka. Dante is more popular.

 

Press Quotes:

‘Howard Colyer both breaks ground and excavates characters in the manner of a ballroom dancer wielding a pickaxe. This carefully matched, superbly produced selection of short plays illustrates just how consistently and boldly he does so.’ EXTRA! EXTRA! on Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji

‘Howard Colyer’s adaptation is admirably compact and full of witty and elegant dialogue… most surprising thing I came away with was how current the play is for audiences 170 years on.’ Everything Theatre on Marriage

‘Colyer’s pared-down style is so effective at delivering weighty themes with a light touch.’ Atomies on Trojan Women

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Write Now 6 is launched!

The Jack Studio Theatre is proud to launch Write Now 6, our annual new writing festival that will open in May 2015 for four weeks. The Festival exists to discover the best new playwriting talent, and give writers the opportunity to see their work developed and performed.

Write Now 6

Write Now 6 Information

One selected play will be given a full production at the Jack Studio Theatre in May 2015. Two further plays will be given a week’s workshop time and three staged readings during the Festival. In addition, each of the three winning writers is allocated development time with a director and dramaturg to examine and explore their play further; financial support to attend rehearsals and performance; and career development and advice.

In 2015 we are looking for bold new voices and stories that engage with and reflect contemporary culture and society.

All playwrights who submit must have a strong connection to south east London.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

We are now accepting submissions of scripts. The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday 30 January 2015. Full guidelines and a 2015 application form are available to download from our website http://www.brockleyjack.co.uk/writenow/the-festival/

We will also be announcing the short play’s submission details in December. (Six ten minute plays will open the Festival, and writers from across the UK and beyond are welcome to apply). Please check back for further details.

Reading Panel
The 2015 play reading panel is led by Jack Artistic Director Kate Bannister, and consists of the Jack’s associated artists and industry professionals. For Write Now 6 we are pleased to welcome back Lin Coghlan (Eastenders, Soho Theatre, National Theatre), Franko Figueiredo (StoneCrabs Theatre), Simon James Collier (Okai Collier Company) and Vinay Patel (previous Write Now winner) to help in the final selection of plays.

The Festival is supported by the London Borough of Lewisham and in 2013 and 2014 received Arts Council England funding through Grants for the Arts

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