To celebrate Creative England’s iWrite: Regional Partnership with the Bristol Old Vic, The Rep Birmingham, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Writers’ Centre Norwich and Live Theatre Newcastle, we are holding a showcase event at the Soho Theatre, London on 2nd February.
The event will introduce the 18 participants to the UK film industry and announce the three selected short films greenlit for production in 2016. The winner of the Writer’s Prize will also be selected by playwright and Academy Award winner, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Invited guests from the film industry will have the opportunity to listen to read-throughs of selected scenes from seven of the shortlisted films listed below:
- Charlene James – ‘Dark’
- Curtis Cole – ‘Couldn’t Care Less’
- Kellie Smith – ‘The Big Day’
- Paddy Campbell – ‘Unaccompanied Minor’
- Samuel Edward Taylor – ‘Ribs’
- Silva Semerciyan – ‘Strongman’
- Tom Benn – ‘Real Gods Require Blood’
Below is a full list of the 18 iWrite participants who have all received development support to write a short film script and feature film treatment:
Tom Benn - A novelist based in Norwich, Tom’s has three novels published by Random House and been shortlisted for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize, the Portico Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Dagger.
Paddy Campbell - Paddy has three new plays under commission and has a TV drama in development with Element Pictures. His most recent play, 'Day of the Flymo', was listed in the Guardian’s top 10 theatre of 2015.
Kefi Chadwick - An award winning writer based in Brighton. Kefi’s short films have screened at Tribeca and Aesthetica Film Festival. Her hotly-anticipated play, ‘Any Means Necessary’, is on at Nottingham Playhouse in February.
Zoe Cooper - Zoe Cooper’s first play, 'Nativities', was produced by Live Theatre. She has since worked with a range of theatres, including Shakespeare’s Globe, Soho and the Old Vic.
Samuel Edward Taylor - A graduate of the Royal Court Young Writer’s programme, Sam is writer on attachment with the Bristol Old Vic and part of the BBC Writersroom 10 development scheme.
Emteaz Hussain - Emteaz has recently been commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre, London. Last year she had three plays that toured nationally including the celebrated, Blood.
Charlene James - Awarded the Alfred Fagon Award and the George Devine Award for her play ‘Cuttin’ It’ in 2015, she is currently writer in residence at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.
Curtis Jay Cole - An actor and writer based in Manchester, Curtis has been shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and received commissions from the Royal Exchange Theatre and Contact Theatre.
Katy Knight - A writer, improviser and performer based in the West Midlands. Katy was part of the Birmigham REP Theatre's well-established Foundry programme in 2014.
Lee Mattinson - Currently part of Film London’s low-budget feature film initiative, Microwave. Lee has had work performed at the Royal Exchange, Live Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Soho Theatre and Bush Theatre.
Molly Naylor - A scriptwriter, poet and performer, Molly has been commissioned by Sky 1 and BBC Radio 4. She writes and performs live shows.
Zodwa Nyoni - Winner of Channel 4’s Playwrite scheme and writer in residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Her play 'Boi Boi is Dead' was a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
John Osborne - Author of three non-fiction books, John has written six half hour storytelling shows for Radio 4 and sitcom, ‘After Hours’, for Sky1.
Stephanie Ridings - Winner of the Peter Brook/Mark Marvin award, Stephanie’s most recent play ‘Unknown Male’ was produced by the Birmingham Rep and will tour in 2016.
Theo Scholefield - A writer on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Assistant Director of ‘Love for Love’ for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Theo has been longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and the Theatre503 Award.
Silva Semerciyan - A Bristol-based American playwright, Silva is currently writing a play for the Bristol Old Vic’s main stage for its 250th anniversary year.
Kellie Smith - An award winning playwright based in Liverpool, Kellie was recently shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and is currently writer in residence for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
Yusra Warsama - A performance poet, actor, writer and theatre practitioner based in Manchester. She has written for the Birmingham Rep and National Theatre Studio.
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