POWER PLAYS: Writing Contest Winner

POWER PLAYS: Writing Contest Winner

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27 July at 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

£10.00

The moment we’ve all been waiting for… Chosen by a panel of theatre specialists, the winning play from our Power Plays writing contest will be fully produced and performed by a professional cast. A night not to be missed! – successful plays will be announced on 21st June. The evening will end with a post-show discussion with the writer.

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Winning Play!
£ 10.00
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What is Dramaturgy Anyway?

What is Dramaturgy Anyway?

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25 July at 6:00 pm 6:50 pm

£3.00

Are you a writer who has ever found themselves stuck in the creative process? Have you ever felt like your work could use an extra set of eyes to help elevate it to the next level? If so, you might want to consider working with a dramaturg. The job of a dramaturg is notoriously difficult to define, yet any writer who has collaborated with one understands how essential they are in the theatrical process. With their vast knowledge of theatrical history and structure, they can guide a writer through the development of their play, from the very first draft to opening night.

Join us in a conversation with Stewart Pringle, writer and senior dramaturg at the National Theatre, to learn more about how a dramaturg can help take your work to the next level. Discover how they can provide invaluable support and insight throughout the creative process to bring your play to life. New play, The Bounds, is part of the season at Royal Court June-July, Stewart Pringle

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What is Dramaturgy Anyway?
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About Stewart Pringle

Stewart is a north-eastern writer and dramaturg, currently based in London. He is Senior Dramaturg at the National Theatre, where he has worked since 2018, on productions including Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Witches and Nye. Prior to that he worked as Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre and Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion. As a writer his work includes the Papatango Prize winning Trestle, and most recently The Bounds which will open at the Live! Theatre and the Royal Court this summer. He has also worked extensively as an arts journalist for publications including The Stage, Time Out and New Scientist.

Scratch Plays

Scratch Plays

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26 July at 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

£5.00

As we approach the climax of the Power Plays festival, four plays shortlisted by our panel of readers. shortlisted will be performed across two nights by a professional cast – successful plays will be announced on 21st June! The evening will end with a post-show discussion with the writers.

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Scratch Play | 26/07
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Scratch Plays

Scratch Plays

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25 July at 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

£5.00

As we approach the climax of the Power Plays festival, four plays shortlisted by our panel of readers. shortlisted will be performed across two nights by a professional cast – successful plays will be announced on 21st June! The evening will end with a post-show discussion with the writers.

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Scratch Plays | 25/07
£ 5.00
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Creating Autobiographical Performance Work

Creating Autobiographical Performance Work

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11 July at 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

£5.00 | 18+

Join performance artist Krishna Istha for a workshop that explores how artists and performers can craft autobiographical, genre-pushing works. Participants will delve into idea-generating exercises, examining the use of personal experiences to shape stories, experimenting with form and structure, and will be encouraged to create their own material. Presented by Queer Amusements as part of The Old Electric’s Power Plays festival and Showtown’s The Blackpool Laughter Festival. Queer Amusements is commissioned by Marlborough Productions, as part of their New Queers on the Block programme, Aunty Social and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Creating Autobiographical Performance Work
£ 5.00
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About Krishna Istha

Krishna Istha is a London-based performance artist, comedian, theatre maker and screenwriter. They create socially conscious, form-pushing works about taboo or underrepresented experiences of gender, race and sexual politics. 

They were a Barbican Centre Open Lab artist (2021-22) and an Arts Admin Bursary Artist (2020-21). They were one of two shortlisted writers for the SKY Arts & Royal Society of Literature Writers Awards under screenwriting (2022), and came Runner-Up on Screenshot (2021) — a competition for comedy writer-performers hosted by Sister Pictures and South of the River Pictures.

Most recently, they wrote on Netflix’s Sex Education (Season 4, Episode 3), is a Netflix Documentary Talent Fund recipient, and one of the comedians featured on the Netflix Special Hannah Gadsby’s Gender Agenda

New Writing & Dramaturgy: An Artist and Producer’s Perspective

New Writing & Dramaturgy: An Artist and Producer’s Perspective

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8 June at 11:00 am 12:30 pm

£3.00 | 18+

In this informative and practical workshop, you will learn about the process of reading and programming plays from the perspective of an award-winning artist and as an internationally acclaimed producer. As a Headlong Associate, and co-Artistic Director of Ellandar Productions, Iskandar will explore the process of decision making and dramaturgy, as well as giving an overview of taking a production from inception to stage in the current producing climate. He will also discuss routes for self generating and producing your writing, including demystifying the process of public subsidy for independent artists.

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New Writing & Dramaturgy: An Artist and Producer’s Perspective
£ 3.00
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About Iskandar إسكندر R. Sharazuddin

Iskandar إسكندر R. Sharazuddin it is a British-Bruneian theatre artist. He is an Associate at Headlong Theatre and the Joint Artistic Director of Ellandar Productions, a British East and Southeast Asian (BESEA) theatre company producing new writing and work by and about a BESEA lived experience. An award-winning writer, he received the Tony Craze Playwriting Award from Soho Theatre and has been long-listed for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize and shortlisted for the Off West End Adopt a Playwright.

https://www.headlong.co.uk/iskandar-r-sharazuddin

New Writing & Dramaturgy: A Literary Manager & New Works Perspective

New Writing & Dramaturgy: A Literary Manager & New Works Perspective

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8 June at 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

£3.00 | 18+

In this introduction to practical dramaturgy and literary management, Frank will share her tips on approaching theatres, producers and navigating open submission and prizes. She will discuss how companies like Headlong seek out new work, and what they are looking for to help unlock new opportunities. We will clarify the nuts and bolts of commissioning, the wonderful world of contracts, adaptations, rights and royalties. Through writing exercises and discussion, we will also explore the art of dramaturgy and its pivotal role in shaping your work to be the best it can be.

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New Writing & Dramaturgy: A Literary Manager & New Works Perspective
£ 3.00
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About Frank Peschier

Dr Frank Peschier is the literary manager of Headlong and a freelance dramaturg, critic and lecturer from South London, based in Liverpool. She currently oversees commissions and in house dramaturgy including forthcoming work from Cordelia Lynn, Winsome Pinnock, Joel Tan and James Graham. Previously she was New Works Associate at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre where in 2021 she was highly commended for the Kenneth Tynan Dramaturgy Award, highlighting her ‘artistic leadership and passion in platforming and celebrating voices that are often left unheard’. She writes about theatre for publications including Exeunt and The Stage, and has taught performance theory and contextual studies for BA and MA programmes at LIPA, Liverpool Hope, AUB and UAL. She is passionate about new writing, creative access and shaping brilliant experiences that bring people together. She is equally passionate about books, aerial arts and a seriously good vodka martini.

www.frankpeschier.co.uk
@FrankPeschier

Voices of Generation Zed

Voices of Generation Zed

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18 July at 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

£8.00 | 12+

‘a psychological chocolate box of delights’

Voices of Generation Zed is a selection box of 9 micro plays by award winning writers, performed by a new generation of the North west’s brightest young student actors.

Funny? Yes
Emotional? Yes
Sweet? Yes
So, all creams and no hard centres? No, we’ve got hard centres too. These are tough talking little plays dealing with the hard things in life with humour and resilience worthy of the best generation ever, the mighty Generation Zed!

There will be a post-show Q&A with Rachel Ashton (Artistic Director at Theatre Factory) and Phill Greg (Senior Artist at Theatre Factory) from 8.15-8.50pm

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£ 8.00
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About Theatre Factory

Theatre Factory is a company of professional theatre makers. It was formed in 1997 to provide a place in Barrow-in-Furness for people, especially young people, to come and make original, new drama based on their own ideas, through improvising, playing, writing and generally messing around.

We have particular interests in young artists, neuro and gender diversity, mental health and well-being and social justice. Theatre Factory are based in the Cooke’s Arts and Media Centre where we have a fully equipped theatre studio and room to act, improvise, make things, move around, puppet, bang drums, animate, perform and film.

Theatre Factory runs all kinds of projects: theatre (indoors, outdoors and online), animation, writing, digital and sound. We make stories in collaboration with children, young people and the occasional adult. Their ideas, your ideas, are at the heart of everything we do. We share those stories locally and regionally from our home in Barrow-in-Furness.

https://www.theatrefactory.org/

How Modern Narratives Have Informed a Performance About Historical Myths

How Modern Narratives Have Informed a Performance About Historical Myths

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27 June at 5:15 pm 6:15 pm

£3.00 | 18+

The origin story of Britain; founded by Brutus, is well known. But there is an earlier, alternative female-born story.

In this pre-show talk hosted by Reclaim Blackpool, we will explore the modern day parallels of representation of women in mythology and how the experiences of today’s Blackpool women have informed this performance based on myths from the past.

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How Modern Narratives Have Informed a Performance About Historical Myths
£ 3.00
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About Reclaim Blackpool

Reclaim Blackpool is a project mapping instances of sexual harassment in public places in Blackpool. A physical map of stories (reclaimblackpoolmap.co.uk) serves as a strong visual reminder of the threats of violence women face every day. Reclaim Blackpool also holds physical space for women – in a monthly women’s group and with a programme of community events. The project aims to empower, educate and effect change.

Q&A with Simon Stephens

Q&A with Simon Stephens

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4 May at 10:00 am 11:30 am

£3.00 | 16+

Simon Stephens is an internationally produced playwright whose plays have been translated into over 40 languages and produced all over the world. He will be answering any question you want to ask him from whether the playwright remains an integral creative figure in new theatre to whether the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime perpetuated stereotypes of neuro diversity to what Andrew Scott is like.

He will literally answer any question about anything.

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Q&A with Simon Stephens
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About Simon Stephens

For more than twenty years Simon Stephens work has been widely translated and produced throughout the world. He has won many Awards including Olivier and Tony Awards for new plays.

He has written new English language versions of masterpieces by Chekhov, Ibsen and Brecht and adaptations of novels by Mark Haddon and Jose Saramago. He has collaborated with the world’s leading theatre practitioners (Andrew Scott, Patrice Chereau, Ivo Van Hove, Marianne Elliott, Katie Mitchell) and produced original work throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. He is a Professor at the Writing School of Manchester Metropolitan University.