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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 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:



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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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.


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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Spotlight On: Playwright Vinay Patel

Vinay PatelIn the second of our Spotlight On series we catch up with playwright Vinay Patel. His play ‘Bump‘ was chosen for a staged reading as part of the Jack’s Write Now 4 festival last year.

Vinay is a writer from South East London. He studied for an MA in Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with distinction in 2011. Since then, his short plays have been produced at the Bush, Theatre503, The Park, and the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre among others and he has won competitions run by Ideastap, the BBC, the National Youth Theatre and Shine Drama.

We chatted to Vinay about his experience of working with the theatre, what the Write Now festival meant to him and what his future plans are.

How did you hear about Write Now?

I was looking to establish a relationship with a theatre in South East London and a quick Google search landed me at the doors of the Jack. Their productions looked interesting and, usefully, they happened to have a writing competition on!

How useful was being part of the rehearsal process of your play with the cast and director?

The most useful part was seeing what was overwritten and unnecessary. An actor can do with a look what you think you’re doing with an entire speech. Following from that, I also got valuable experience in letting go of the script and trusting both the cast and the director to do their part in making the play as good as it can be.

What did you learn from seeing a performance of your play and did it inform your writing?

I very quickly learned what works and what didn’t (thankfully most of it did) but most useful of all were the grey areas – seeing the same segments land or not land with an audience on different nights. It made me realise that writing for expected reaction is mostly a moving target and you should always just write how you want it to be.Bump by Vinay Patel

How helpful was being involved with Write Now?

I’ve continued to work with people I met during the play (see below) and I have a well-rehearsed, vetted play that I can confidently share within the industry. I’m not sure if I’d still be writing if I hadn’t had such a positive experience with Write Now.

Tell us what your currently working on/what’s next for you?

I’m working with HighTide to take a play, True Brits, to Assembly at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. I’m delighted that it’s being directed by Tanith Lindon (Jack Associate Director) and the theatre have generously supported us with workshopping the piece and giving feedback. I hope my relationship with the Jack continues for years and years. They’re bloody fantastic!

Many thanks to Vinay

The Jack’s Write Now 5 festival continues until June 7th and all events can be booked at Jack Studio Theatre

Details for True Brits here: http://www.hightide.org.uk/event/true_brits_-_edinburgh_festival

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Take Part: writing workshops

Write Now 5

Running in tandem with our staged readings, performances and discussions as part of the Write Now 5 festival, are our writing workshops. Whether you’re starting out or have some writing experience, the workshops are designed to suit all abilities and only cost £10 per workshop. Booking is recommended as places are limited.



 1. 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 24th May 1–3pm (15 participants max)


2. 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 31st May 1–3pm (12 participants max)


3. Improvisation for Writers

This fun workshop is specifically for writers to “play” roles in character in unexpected scenarios, in order to explore more about their characters, and discover how they might behave and react to situations in their own plays.

Saturday 7th June 1–3pm (15 participants max)

Places can be booked on our website http://www.brockleyjack.co.uk/

Workshops are led by David Bottomley, Jack Studio Theatre Literary Manager.

In Conversation

Following performances of all three plays chosen for the Write Now 5 festival, 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 22nd May, Friday 23rd May, Friday 30th May.

Write Now 5 is supported by Arts Council England, London Borough of Lewisham, Acorn Estates Ltd., Roullier White

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