Playwriting Salisbury+ supports and develops writers throughout the South West. I’ve recently been awarded The Writers’ Guild (WGGB) Olwen Wymark Theatre Award for encouraging new writers, and for my work with women writers, nominated by writer, Pippa Roberts. In 2011 I started monthly workshops for Emerging Playwrights, recently renamed, Red Hots, which meets every month. At the beginning of 2012 we piloted fortnightly SHE WRITES workshops to address the lack of female writers being produced in UK theatre. SHE WRITES now has two groups, one Fridays and one on Saturdays, where we read, analyse, and give feedback on each other’s work in progress.
I’m an Accredited Writing Coach (RD1st, Arvon and NAWE) and founding member of Juno Theatre.
My workshops typically focus on exploring individual creativity using stimulating writing exercises and random games. I actively encourage playfulness and risk-taking in the use of language, form and content. Writers signed up for the courses may gain experience from script-in-hand readings with actors and a director.
Writers are encouraged to submit work and take advantage of networking opportunities with visiting theatre companies, literary managers and industry guests. These have included Dan Rebellato from Royal Holloway University; Sarah Dickenson from Soho Theatre; Craig Batty, Bournemouth University; James Grieve from Paines Plough; Ola Animashawun of Euphoric Ink; Paul Ashton, former Development Manager at BBC Writersroom; Fin Irwin, Producer at The Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter; John Foster, Screenwriter and Tutor at Bournemouth Arts University.
Community groups I’ve worked with:
- Write On pilot project with LinkUp Arts.
- Creative Libraries, Amesbury with artist Charlotte Moreton
- Armed Forces Day with Charlotte Moreton/Salisbury Arts Centre
- Wiltshire History and Archive Centre, Chippenham
- Creative Writing for Women, with Amy Rosenthal, Theatre Royal Winchester
- Mind the Gap for the over 50s, Salisbury Playhouse
- The Unit, Centre for Young People 13-25, Salisbury
- Young people at the engine, Poole Lighthouse
- Linkup Arts, artists with disabilities at Salisbury Arts Centre
- The Community Drama Group at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre
- Staff at Salisbury District Hospital
- Till Valley Day Centre
- Adults with Learning Disabilities Day Centre
- Motivart with Artist, Laurence Dube-Rushby
- Family Fiesta at Salisbury Arts Centre
- Pewsey Amdram Society
- East Knoyle, Mere and Tisbury Writers
After gaining a First Class BA (Hons) English and an MA in Scriptwriting, I was selected for Writernet’s six month Writer Development Programme. I attended Arvon courses with Bryony Lavery and Mark Ravenhill, and was then selected to study Writing for Radio with Paul Ashton, then Development Manager at BBC Writersroom, on a three month project. I’ve spent an inspiring week studying writing drama with Duncan Macmillan at Hall for Cornwall, and was a member of Nell Leyshon’s writing group at Forest Forge Theatre, where she was Literary Manager back in 2006. I was recently elected onto the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.
As a professional member of the National Association for Writers in Education, I’ve worked as a Scriptwriting Tutor with the Open University; a PAWS (Participatory Arts Wiltshire) artist; Script Reader with Bristol’s Tobacco Factory, and Script Consultant for Salisbury Fringe New Writing Festival. I was Associate Practitioner at Salisbury Playhouse until 2015 and Workshop Leader at Salisbury Arts Centre for 10 years where I set up the Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah in 2008.
Writing credits include: Living with the Lies we Told Edinburgh Fringe; Grace Theatre Upstairs at the Globe, Exeter; Cafe Hormonal Redroaster, Brighton; Banjo Jazz showcased at The Arts Theatre, London; The Route What is Red Particular Theatre, Exeter; Kiss and Chips Hotbed Festival, Cambridge; This is Fun finalist of Flip the Script, Contact Theatre, Manchester; The Food Critic; The Bike, the Fish, the Swan and the Onions; and Fred Fernakapan (under the pen name Ed Mitchell) at Salisbury Fringe.
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