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Stef Smith looks at the ‘chaotic ways in which we continue’ in Swallow, October’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

A friend of mine saw Stef Smith’s new play Swallow at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year and said I just had to read it! Smith wasn’t a writer I’d heard of and when I discovered she’d won an Olivier … Continue reading

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A masterclass in active dialogue: Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, July’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

‘Theatre is often tedious, irrelevant, ridiculous and smug. At its best, though, it cuts through the noise of everything else that’s competing for our attention and gives our empathy and imagination a workout.’  From an interview with Duncan Macmillan here. … Continue reading

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‘That’s as cinematic as you could get on stage.’ -Martin McDonagh, June’s Playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

Now known more for his films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths Martin McDonagh started as a playwright. Performed in 2003 although written in the mid 90s The Pillowman won an Olivier for Best New Play amongst other awards and is by his … Continue reading

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Winter Draws On with @awooga_man Andy Winter

    Have you seen these drawings? Of course you have! These are some of the beautiful illustrations on my website and are all created by artist Andy Winter. I just wanted to let you know that he now has a … Continue reading

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March’s playwright: Kwame Kwei-Armah #12newplaywrightsin12months

‘The best work is that which comes from the specific, but becomes universal.’ -Kwame Kwei-Armah interviewed by Whats On Stage.com As I mentioned in my previous post in this series #12newplaywrightsin12months I found my copy of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Elmina’s Kitchen whilst … Continue reading

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February’s playwright: Jennifer Haley #12newplaywrightsin12months

Jennifer Haley isn’t a playwright I’d heard of before, but with the rave reviews of her play The Nether that’s transferred from the Royal Court to the West End I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what I could … Continue reading

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Announcement: See Godless Monsters at New Diorama Theatre and King’s Head Theatre this Spring!

‘I place before you the head of my godless enemies. They have tormented me and hated me ever since I wanted to go my own way’ (Extract) I’m very pleased to be able to announce that Piqued Productions will be … Continue reading

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January’s playwright: Jack Thorne #12newplaywrightsin12months

“I think I started writing plays as a way of expressing the things I couldn’t say” This quote from Jack Thorne‘s introduction to his recently published Plays One seems like a good enough reason to start writing plays if you ask … Continue reading

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Who is Daisy Scarlet?

…and can 3 playwrights successfully write a play together? Groups of writers seem to write for TV but there are only a handful of examples I can think of where more than one writer has written a successful play (and that … Continue reading

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Where do you find your inspiration? New adventures in playwrighting

Hello and Happy New Year! @ToTheMoonUK look what I got for secret Santa! I don’t really drink tea. But I know someone who does #DebraProject pic.twitter.com/rjGsVOXywl — Lucy Avery (@LucyAveryWrites) December 17, 2014 I’ve not posted for a while because … Continue reading

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