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Write Now 6 News

Write Now 6


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 5 Shorts

Write Now 5To launch the Write Now 5 Festival the Jack invited playwrights from throughout the UK and beyond to submit a 10 minute play based on the theme of ‘Speak Up, Speak Out.’

Using this phrase as a starting point, we asked writers to explore this incredible human trait, to say something when others won’t, in any way they felt possible.

This year’s theme is chosen by Phil Lindsey, Jack Literary Associate.

Thank you to all the playwrights who submitted a short. After much reading and debate we are pleased to announce the short plays to launch our Festival:

Lost in the Quagmire by Chris Shaw Swanson
The Limerick by Martin Nathan
A Small Act of Vandalism by Andrew Biss
Cinderella Story by Matt Hanf
Live With It by Zia Moher
On Flies Wings by Jessica Andrewartha
Wings of A Dove by Nick Myles

The shorts will be performed on Saturday 17th May at 5pm and 7.45pm

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Write Now 5 winning plays announced!

Jack Studio TheatreThank you to all the writers who submitted to Write Now 5. The short list in 2014 has been exceptionally strong, and we are now pleased to announce the three playwrights we will be working with for this year’s Festival:

Pool by Tom Harvey (full production)
Botticelli’s Angels by Gemma Mills McGrath (staged reading)
Box Chicken by Max Katz (staged reading)

The play reading panel consisted of the artistic management of the theatre and industry professionals. For Write Now 5 we would like to thank Lin Coghlan (Eastenders, Soho Theatre, National Theatre), Franko Figueiredo (StoneCrabs Theatre), Simon James Collier (Okai Collier Company) and the BBC writersroom.

The Jack will be running writing workshops as part of the festival and also Write Now 6 in 2015

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Write Now 4: writing workshops

We are pleased to offer writing workshops as part of our Write Now 4 Festival.

Please join us if you want to try out something new, or if you have an idea you want to develop.
Suitable for all experiences.
1. Synopsis Surgery. 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.
Saturday 11 May, 2pm – 4pm (12 participants max)
2. Creating Characters. Come and find challenging new ways of creating three dimensional
characters for your play. Through group exercises we will invent characters with lives of their
own, discover their needs, their environment and the starting points for a play scenario.
Saturday 18 May, 2pm – 4pm (16 participants max)
3. Writing for One. Ever wanted to create your own one person show but didn’t know where
to start? This workshop gives you the tools to find the essence of your stage persona and
different approaches to how to best tell your own story on stage.
Saturday 25 May, 2pm – 4pm (12 participants max)
Cost: £10 per workshop.
All places must be booked in advance: http://www.brockleyjack.co.uk
Workshops are led by David Bottomley, Jack Studio Theatre Literary Manager.
In Conversation
Following performances of all three Write Now 4 winning plays there will be a short discussion session with members of the creative team. This is open to all and free if you have bought a ticket for that night’s performance.
Dates: Thursday 9 May, Friday 10 May, Friday 17 May.
Write Now 4 is made possible thanks to Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Lewisham Arts Services, Acorn Estates Ltd


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Write Now 4: shorts announced

Write Now Short Plays

To launch this year’s Festival of new writing, we will premiere a selection of ten minute plays based on the theme of Legacy?

Legacy? Where are we going, where are we now, and how did we get there?

Our shorts for Write Now 4 are:
Banker’s Trust by Chris Murray
Face to Face by Keith Large
Kingdom by Nicola O’Connor
The Join by Luke Gittos
The Third Fly by Richard Fitchett
Tom’s Body by Elizabeth Adlington

Produced by Graeme Thompson

Saturday 4 May at 5pm and 8pm 

Book here: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/35018
Thank you to all writers who submitted for this year’s events

Write Now 4 is made possible by Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Lewisham Arts Services and Acorn Estates Ltd.paper101


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