Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chance for First-Time Writers to See Their Script Become a Stage Play

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chance for First-Time Writers to See Their Script Become a Stage Play

Article excerpt

EVER had a good idea for a play? A one-off script-writing scheme - open to submissions until Friday - could be your chance to take it all the way to the stage.

New writers across the region are invited to take advantage of new funding which will develop scripts with the help of award-winning theatre director Deborah Bruce.

It's all thanks to the award of pounds 88,000 over three years from the Esme Fairbairn Foundation - one of the UK's leading independent grant-making foundations - to The North East Theatre Consortium.

Led by Newcastle-based New Writing North, the consortium - made up of The Customs House in South Shields, Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, and Darlington Arts Centre - will spend the cash on scripts and producing and touring plays.

It's an ideal opportunity, says Deborah, to bring unknown talents into the spotlight and the scheme will give vital encouragement.

She says: "Writing is an isolated occupation and sometimes it's difficult, if there are not a lot of outlets like writers' workshops, to get feedback and stay motivated.

"I think there are a lot of people writing on their own but who do not know how to take it further.

"This will encourage people to forge a relationship with someone like me who can hopefully become a bit of a sounding board."

With her extensive experience in theatre, including with New Writing North, Deborah knows what works. She'll be making an occasional return to the region - she moved from the North East to London last April - and the important thing is that she'll be at the other end of an email with invaluable advice, early-stage feedback and deadlines to work to.

She adds: "I've mentored writers before and I'm really interested in this scheme and looking forward to forging these relationships."

Once Friday's deadline for script submissions has passed, up to four entrants will be chosen to develop their ideas - with Deborah's help - into full-length plays in the run-up to August. One play will then be produced to tour the region in 2011. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.