Monday, November 15, 2010

Differently Staged – New Ways To Do Plays Now

A Writers’ Guild West Midlands Branch Event on Thursday 9th December 7:30pm at the Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St, Birmingham, B18 6AD

Achieving Great Art For Everyone – the Arts Council have launched their new policy (in the light of the announced government cuts). So, what does this mean for writers? This is a panel discussion examining how to get work done in the new financial and cultural climate.

We will explore the variety of ways playwrights can use their skills: from traditional commissions through collaborations, adaptations, writing to a brief, to dramaturgy of existing work and beyond.

The Writers’ Guild are looking to draw up guidelines for some of these new approaches and we intend this event to feed into this.

There will be a guest panel, to be chaired by David Edgar, Guild President.

Nick Walker is the writer with Coventry based theatre company Talking Birds, whose work is often performed in unusual sites, though its most recent production We Love You City has just finished a run at the Belgrade. He is writer/ producer with radio indie Top Dog with 2 Radio 4 series currently in production. He has had 2 novels published, and has worked extensively in radio, television and film.

Raidene Carter is Associate Producer at Birmingham Rep, managing its BME Theatre Initiative to develop and produce new work and artists. Prior to this she worked at The Albany in Deptford, Talawa Theatre Company and The Lyric Hammersmith to deliver work with young people, community engagement, artist development and arts programming.

Stephanie Dale is a playwright who writes for stage, radio and large-scale theatre. Current work includes; Squaring the Circle and Dealing With Dreams (The Birmingham REP) Mary Macarthur (MAT) See Me Hear Me (Women in Theatre) and Believe Me (BBC Radio Four). Stephanie also lectures at Loughborough University and is a supervisor on the Mphil in Playwriting at Birmingham University.

Catherine Edwards is a freelance project manager and dramaturg. For the last three years, she ran Script, the regional development agency for dramatic writers in the West Midlands. She is currently curating a festival of new writing in Birmingham, which aims to provide a platform for the talents of regional writers and theatre-makers.

The Blue Orange Theatre is a new venue in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter - the bar will be open!

Free for Writers’ Guild members, £5 non-members (pay on door).
To confirm attendance please email Jenny at

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