In this episode, Tony Casement, Head of Creative Communities at the New Wolsey Theatre, chats to us about Writers’ Week!
From Monday 20th to Saturday 25th June is ‘Writers’ Week,’ a programme of events celebrating new ideas, new inspirations and new creative writing. Events are ticketed, with most of them free of charge. There will also be the opportunity for you to donate to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Mon 20 Jun, 7:45pm
Inspired by the true story of the hosts of Afghanistan’s first pop music station, this bold new play combines a hard-hitting examination of the complex, contradictory political events of the early 2000s with an irreverent, playful love of the pop bangers of the period.
Fri 24 Jun, 7:45pm
The popular Wolsey Writers Café moves into the evening, adding wine and snacks. Listen to like-minded people sharing their flash fiction, spoken word and short stories.
Sat 25 Jun
Four short pieces of work selected as part of the ‘Ephemeral’ project will be performed as a book-in-hand reading by the New Wolsey’s resident Writers’ Week Company of professional actors. See some of the best of local writing here first!
Sadie Clark’s as-yet untitled piece explores Queer identity in rural communities, farming and climate anxiety. Luke Wright’s Letter From The Future, commissioned by HighTide, is a snapshot from twenty years’ time, as a son questions his father as to why he was brought into a world of Boris, Brexit and the global pandemic. Yaz Zadeh – HighTide Associate Artist – and Mary Malone present Two Figures – part movement, part new writing – in a new work-in-progress exploring rituals, bacon and humanising trans bodies.
From the producer of the 2019 PULSE Festival hit joey comes a wildly inventive disability-led solo theatre show about hearts & heartlessness – spiralling out of our heart-attacks as ‘side-effects’ of antipsychotic medication, with love-heart sweets for all.
6:30pm, ‘Sea Changes’ – a reading
Writer Marina Jenkyns and Director Jill Patterson have come together with a commitment to making women’s life experiences more visible on stage. We meet Sharon, Maeve and Mair, who offer the opportunity, through interwoven monologues, to identify with women’s experiences of loss.
7:45pm, ‘Tough Love’ – a reading
Set in 2022, the character of the beloved Victorian comic and original pantomime dame Dan Leno hosts an evening of drama and songs as he casts his acerbic eye over the plight of women today. He asks: has anything changed in the hundred years since he trod the boards?
Thank you to Tony for giving us his time to talk a little more in-depth about everything coming up!