Burn Bright announces new initiative

London theatre news: Tuesday 7 July 2020

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Not-for-profit company Burn Bright is launching a new initiative and continues its Better In Person series with five new plays.
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Launched by writers Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley, Burn Bright is a not-for-profit organisation driving positive change for the next generation of women in the creative industry.

Burn Bright's work was kick-started with two initiatives to collectively connect and empower women writers - Time Bank, a networking hub for industry-led mentorship, and Better In Person, a commissioned series of short plays by women created specifically to be shared digitally via Zoom.

Now, Burn Bright is following up their initial success by continuing the Better In Person series as well as launching a new initiative called Connect.

Better In Person will once again be directed by Abigail Sewell (I AM [NOT] KANYE WEST, Bunker Theatre), and hosted by Tori Allen-Martin, inviting audiences to be an online fly-on-the-wall witnessing intimate, hilarious, and always very human conversations.

Burn Bright are looking to commission five talented Black writers, to have their work shared via Zoom.

Short extracts of existing works will be welcomed for submission until the closing date, Tuesday 14th July.

A recording of the pilot event, which aired live on Monday 25th May, will also be made available for pay per view via the Burn Bright website.

Abigail commented ...

"These uncertain times have been a challenge for so many of us; we are social beings that desire connection.

I think that's what makes Better In Person so special.

Theatre and live performance connect us in a really unique way - those who are present get to share a once in a lifetime experience.

Amidst this period of isolation, over 200 households came together to experience the pilot; a timely series of conversations that so many of us can relate to right now.

Heart-warming exchanges that reassure us that we are connected because of our shared isolation.

We're so excited to be sharing five more brilliant stories with you all."

Building on their portfolio of initiatives for writers who identify as women, Burn Bright are also launching Connect, a series of online panel discussions over the summer, including a peer-to- peer networking event for writers co-hosted by playwrights Dawn King (Foxfinder, West End) and Matilda Ibini (Little Miss Burden, The Bunker), a session on understanding your rights run by the Writers Guild, and an exclusive Q&A with three amazing industry professionals, including casting director Annelie Powell.

Seeking to continually provide opportunities for women writers, these events are designed to be an invaluable tool for personal development.

Sarah Henley and Tori Allen-Martin said ...

"We are super excited to announce our newest initiative Connect, providing new ways for writers to engage with each other and industry experts, and we are beyond thrilled by the success of our first networking scheme, the Time Bank.

We're so grateful to those who have offered their time to help so many writers - and we're delighted that a number of people reached out in response to Black Lives Matter and have used our platform for their own activism.

Our whole raison d'etre is to fight for equal opportunities for women in theatre, and we commit to amplifying and supporting the voices of those within that community that are further marginalised due to their race, sexual orientation, socio-economic background or any other reason.

We are thrilled to commission and platform the work of five Black women for our next Better In Person event and can't wait to read the submissions."

Burn Bright upcoming events are as follows:

It's Lonely Out There... - Tuesday 21st July, 8pm

Hosted by Dawn King and Matilda Ibini

Being a writer can be a lonely job - join us for an evening of peer-to-peer networking to meet other writers to hear about and discuss routes into the industry and hot topics.

Squad Goals - Tuesday 4th August, 8pm

Hosted by Tori Allen-Martin

Get to know some of the wider team involved in making a production and understanding how their work relates to you and your script.

This first event features Casting Director Annelie Powell, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Theatres James Dacre and Movement Director Kane Husbands.

Know Your Rights with The Writers Guild - Tuesday 18th August, 8pm

Hosted by Lesley Gannon

The Assistant General Secretary of WGGB looks at how to avoid the common pitfalls when getting your work produced and explains how the Writers' Guild are there to support you at every stage of your career.

Better In Person - Monday 31st August, 8pm

Five new plays inspired by conversations that would be 'better in person' but are happening online due to the lockdown.

The audience are invited to be an online fly on the wall witnessing these intimate, beautiful, sad, uncomfortable, hilarious and always very human conversations, as they take place in real time.


Burn Bright's website

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