Write Now 7 Festival

Monday 16 May 2016

Authors, playwrights & plays - Festivals

This festival is continuing at The Jack Studio Theatre with winning play Better Together by David Weir running until 28 May, plus workshops ...

Festival image for Write Now 7 Festival at Jack Studio Theatre

Image: Jack Studio Theatre

The Write Now Festival has been running at The Jack Studio Theatre for the past 6 years.

Under the artistic direction of Kate Bannister, the festival has become an essential part of the Jack Studio Theatre’s annual programme, and it aims to find and produce the most exciting and significant work of emerging writers.

Each year a full-length play is chosen from submissions of previously unperformed plays from writers who have a connection to south east London - the home of The Jack Studio.

The winning play is then given a full production run at the theatre.

Alongside the winning full-length play the theatre runs writing workshops, and the festival is launched with performances of ten minute plays on a given theme.

The 2016 winning play is: Better Together by David Weir.

The play is about the love that binds us together, and the time when we need to break away and make our own lives.

‘Independence matters, Dad.’

Better Together is being premiered at the Jack Studio until 28 May (the show began its run on 10 May).

Shorts - Fight or Flight?

And here are this year's short plays collected under the theme of 'Fight or Flight?' ...

Number’s Up by Heidi Hammond

Nothin’ goes off unplanned by Sophie Cairns

Carnivore by Sami Ibrahim

The Bird in the Sky by David Tarbuck

Superhero by Mark Harvey Levine

I’ll be Seeing You by Natasha Berger

The Reunion by Gemma Mills McGrath

Fight or Flight? was performed at The Jack Studio on Saturday 7 May.

Write Now 7 Writing Workshops

As part of Write Now, the theatre is holding workshops - with three still due to take place:

Understanding Structure - with George Turvey

Where are you coming from? - with Ben Musgrave

From Character to Story - with Lin Coghlan

The workshops will take place on Saturdays between 1 and 3pm on the following dates:

21, 28 May 2016

And the final workshop is also on 28 May between 3-15 and 5-15pm.

All workshops cost just £5, but places are limited, so you need to book quickly.

See the theatre's festival workshop page for further details of guest speakers and links to book your place.

The Write Now Festival is supported by the London Borough of Lewisham, Arts Council England, and The Unity Theatre Trust.

The Jack Studio Theatre photographed from the street.

Photo: Peter Brown 2015


The Jack Studio Theatre

410 Brockley Road

London SE4 2DH

Festival dates

Better Together continues until 28 May 2016.

Workshops on 21 and 28 May


Jack Studio Theatre - Write Now Festival

Write Now workshops

Our listing for Better Together

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