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Writers’ Guild Olwen Wymark Theatre Awards


The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) presented its annual awards for the encouragement of new writing at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on Friday 2 February 2018.

The Olwen Wymark Awards, the brainchild of playwright Mark Ravenhill, were set up to give WGGB members the opportunity to publicly thank those who had given them a positive experience in new writing over the previous year.

They are named in honour of playwright Olwen Wymark, passionate supporter of WGGB and former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who died in 2013.

David James, former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who has organised the award since 2005, said: “The award was set up to make a statement of how important encouragement is, and is based on the simple premise of saying ‘thank you’. Now in its 13th year, it is a bright spot on the Writers’ Guild’s annual calendar.”

The winners of the 13th annual awards are:

Angela Street – Writer, Mentor, Workshop Leader, Script Reader, Dramaturg. Accredited Writing Coach (Arvon, RD1st, NAWE) Nominated by WGGB member Pippa Roberts for her support of women in theatre and inspiring Pippa during an Emerging Writers course.

Pippa Roberts said: “Angie inspired me because she felt like a real role model, somebody who has struggled with the sort of difficulties I have and who has been successful.

“She has a passion for theatre and writing, and she taught her workshops with the help of many different texts, so we encountered the things we might not encounter otherwise – many of us did not have the kind of income that would allow us to travel to see a lot of plays.

“Angie has been an inspiration to me – because of her humour and down-to-earth realism.”

Sue Andrews – Executive Director, Northern Broadsides theatre company. Nominated by WGGB member Deborah McAndrew for her support since Deborah’s first production for the company in 2004.

Ghislaine Kenyon – freelance trainer, curator and author in the area of visual arts and education. Nominated by WGGB member Diane Samuels, for her support with her play Waltz With Me.

Nicola McCartney playwright. Nominated by WGGB member Mary Jane Wells for mentoring her for her first play, Heroine: A Female Soldier’s Story.

Jon McKenna – actor. Nominated by WGGB member Anthony Mariani, for his support as a mentor for Anthony’s play The Rooster Rebellion (set on the eve of the Brexit vote), in which Jon had the lead role.

Deirdre McLaughlin – director, dramaturg and actor trainer. Nominated by WGGB member Poppy Corbett for giving her the opportunity to elevate her career to the next level.

 

Emma Manton and Matthew Woodyatt Nominated by WGGB member Jenifer Toksvig, for their support of her writing over many years and recently for her work to support refugee charity UNHCR.

John Retallack – director Nominated by WGGB member Zena Forster for his continued mentorship, and support in developing her first original stage play The Fourth Dog.

the salon:collective and its Artistic Director Dominic Kelly Nominated by WGGB member Mike Elliston for championing him following a long career break from playwriting.

For those who don’t already know, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is a trade union representing writers for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry, animation, comedy and videogames. It negotiates national agreements on pay and conditions with key industry bodies, including BBC, ITV and Pact; the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. It campaigns and lobbies on behalf of writers and offers a range of benefits to its members, including free contract vetting, support and advice; events and discounts; free training; a weekly ebulletin; a pension scheme and welfare fund.

Website: http://www.writersguild.org.uk

Twitter: @TheWritersGuild

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewritersguild

 

Happy New Writing 2018

I trust you’ve all survived the festive season with aplomb and are eager to get back into writing again.  WRITE ON for artists with disabilities is continuing at Salisbury Arts Centre and new Masterclasses are coming up in the Spring. Without further adodah here are the dates for 2018. Feel free to ask questions and email me to sign up. You’ll see that some groups are now focusing on close script analysis – these groups are kept small and you need to be prepared to bring your script, or scenes, with you to read and revise in the group.

She Writes Fridays:  10:00 – 12:30 (for close script analysis)

19 January

2 February

23 February

16 March

Cost £75/£65 concs

SHE WRITES Saturdays. 10:30 – 1:00

13 Jan

3 Feb

3 March

24 March

Cost: £75/£65 concs

RED HOTS SATURDAYS:  14:00 – 16:30 (for experienced writers)

13 Jan

10 Feb

10 March

24 March

Cost: £75/£65 concs

LinkUp Arts for artists with disabilities, and their carers.

Tuesdays 10:30 – 12:30   All levels of experience welcome

16 January – 27 March weekly

Subsidised by LinkUp Arts  £5/£3 per session

Scriptwriters Doo Dah, Writing for Stage @ Salisbury Arts Centre

Wednesdays 19:00 – 21:00   All levels of experience welcome

10 Jan – 21 March   (Attend Performance on 14 Feb)

Cost: £94 includes ticket for performance on 14 Feb

Masterclasses

Writing Dramatic Monologues

3 x Saturdays: tbc

Revising and Editing

Preparing your script for submission to theatres, agents, competitions.

 

 

Salisbury Fringe Success!

Full house at The Pheasant

Full house at The Pheasant

Joe Rose and Nicholas Lumley in ROOF by Sam Robinson

Joe Rose and Nicholas Lumley in ROOF by Sam Robinson

Fringe - Sat Eve

Joe Bossano and Roxy Dunn in CUTS by David Marrs

As you’ll see, I’m useless at uploading pix and arranging on a page… but you’ll get the general idea… There’s about 50 pix on the Facebook page of Salisbury Arts Centre Scriptwriters.

All pix by our friendly photographer, Tim Kidner

Times Six – New Writing Event

We had a full house on Sunday night in Salisbury Arts Centre for the third phase of The Rocket Project. If you missed the show, here are some pix of rehearsals taken by Tim Kidner, our friendly photographer.

Writing for Devising Triumph

If you came to Dan Rebellato’s workshop at Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday you’ll know this already. So here are some pix taken by Linda Morse.

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In partnership with Salisbury Arts Centre and with help of Small Grants Fund from CEW.

The Invisible Woman

Where have I been?  Where to start?  OK, I’ve witnessed Hideki Noda’s The Bee at the Soho, all lacky bands and scary red pencils; Hull Truck’s excellent production of DNA by Dennis Kelly at Salisbury Playhouse; Headlong’s Romeo and Juliet. Good stuff at the Playhouse recently. Could this be influence of new AD, Gareth Machin?  We do hope so.  Summer programmes arrived from Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Festival. I’m like a kid in a ballpond. There’s yer Tim Crouch, yer Paper Birds, yer Blind Summit, and yer Idle Motion. And the brillo Gecko at the Nuffield, Southampton. If you think theatre has limitations, go see Gecko. I love Gecko. I’m going to be very broke. Very soon. You heard it here first.

Scripts are in for the Rocket Project part 3 – Times Six. Let casting commence. David Haworth, Laura Jasper and Jon Nash are directing some off-the-wall pieces by Doo Dah writers: John Yates, Sally Whyte, Linda Morse, David Haworth, Andrew Thackeray. We’re hoping David Bowie will appear on the night. Mmmmm. That’s 7pm, 15 April, Salisbury Arts Centre, if you could let David know.

Tickets are nearly sold out for Dan Rebellato’s Writing for Devising workshop on 24 March at Salisbury Arts Centre. A good mix of writers and actors have signed up so the White Room should be a-buzzing.

Meanwhile, I’m involved in a nifty intergenerational project with Mind The Gap for the over 50s and Manor Fields Primary – we’re creating new Miffs out of old Miffs and this week the dragons are a-drumming. Where’s Harry Potter when you need him?

Finally, She Writes, newly formed at the Playhouse is up and a-running with 14 writers on a good day and still room for more. If you’re thinking of joining, send me an email angelastreet@tiscali.co.uk

Candles and Chocolate

Come and join us if you dare…

Salisbury Arts Centre Doo Dah Scriptwriters and

The Emerging Writers based at Salisbury Playhouse for

The Rocket Project Part 2 : SPACE

A Glittery Evening of New Writing

Rocket Man 2 by David Haworth

My Space by Linda Morse

Horizon Ventura by Gordon Slack

A Spirit of Adventure by Gordon Slack

I Don’t Like This Space by Sally Whyte

This is Our Space by John Yates

Performed Script-in-Hand by

Joe Bossano

Lee Hart

Laura Jasper

Kerry Stockwell

Sara Taylor

Jan Wyld

Sunday 11th December

7pm – 8.30pm

The White Room, Salisbury Arts Centre

Meet the writers – we welcome your feedback on the writing

Tickets: £5 available now from the box office 01722 321744

or online www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk (listed as Scriptwriters Doo Dah Sharing)

We can’t wait to meet you there…

Warning: There will be candles and chocolate