London Writers’ Week has announced new partnerships with BBC Writersroom, Tamasha Theatre Company and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.
The three new partners join The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, NAWE, and the London Playwrights Blog as partners on the week.
The partners will advise on and continue to develop London Writers’ Week as a leading annual week offering access to and showcasing the best new writing ideas going on the UK each year.
In addition London Writers’ Week has announced it will be supporting Tamasha Theatre Company’s and Paines Plough’s production Come to Where I’m From: London, the first time Come to Where I’m From has taken place in London.
Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers’ Week, said: “We are delighted to have BBC Writersroom, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Tamasha Theatre Company joining the new series of partnerships with the leading writing organisations that we are putting together. We hope this series of partnerships will allow us to continue to develop London Writers’ Week into the writing version of London Fashion Week, providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK. We are also delighted to be supporting Paines Plough’s and Tamasha Theatre Company’s Come to Where I’m From: London alongside their other supporters – this is a truly innovative project and the first time Come To Where I’m From has taken place in London. With the last two Come to Where I’m From: London shows taking place during London Writers’ Week, this is a perfect partnership and just the kind of work we are keen to support and help provide access to and showcase.”
Anne Edyvean Head of BBC Writersroom said: ‘BBC Writersroom is delighted to be supporting London Writers’ Week in celebrating new writing talent in the UK.’
Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland said: “It is really encouraging that London Writers’ Week is expanding its reach across the UK. As the only dedicated development organisation for playwrights in Scotland, we are thrilled to be part of it. We hope that we can contribute to the planning of the event in future, and bring an awareness of Scotland’s playwrights and their work to this important initiative. I look forward to working with such a great group of partners.”
Fin Kennedy Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company said: “Tamasha is delighted to be a part of London Writers’ Week. The week’s aim to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in writing in the UK is an important one and one which we at Tamasha support. London Writers’ Week is fast becoming a leading industry showcase.”
This year’s London Writers’ Week is on the theme of providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in theatre writing in the UK and contributors include Tamasha Theatre Company, the Bush Theatre, Oberon Books, Tim Crouch, BBC Writersroom, the Arts Council of England, The Writers Guild of Great Britain with two panels of Fact Based Theatre (chaired by leading playwright David Edgar with panelists including Alecky Blythe (National Theatre)) and book writing for musical theatre (with panelists including Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham) and Catherine Johnson (Mamma Mia)).
More information and booking information can be found at www.londonwritersweek.com
Notes to editors
Central Saint Martins:
Central Saint Martins is internationally renowned for the creative energy of its students, staff and graduates with an exceptional reputation for educating foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research students in arts, design and performance. CSM’s award-winning campus at Kings Cross opens opportunities for creative collaboration and has provided an outstanding social scene for students.
Drama Centre London is one of the UK’s leading drama schools and is part of Central Saint Martins.
Alumni from Central Saint Martins and Drama Centre London include Sarah Burton, Hussein Chalayan, Jarvis Cocker, Matthew Collings, Terence Conran, James Dyson, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Tom Hardy, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Sandy Powell, Raqib Shaw, Yinka Shonibare, Joe Wright.
CSM is part of University of the Arts London, an international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.
The MA Dramatic Writing is run by Course Leader Jennifer Tuckett alongside Masters Ola Animashawun, David Edgar, Stephen Jeffreys, Caroline Jester, Fin Kennedy, Lucy Kerbel, Kate Rowland, Philip Shelley, Nina Steiger, Steve Winter and John Yorke.
For more information, please see: http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/postgraduate/ma-dramatic-writing-drama-centre-london/
The Writers Guild of Great Britain:
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is a trade union representing writers for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry, animation and videogames. It negotiates national agreements on pay and conditions with key industry bodies, including BBC, ITV and Pact; the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. It campaigns and lobbies on behalf of writers and offers a range of benefits to its members, including free contract vetting, support and advice; events and discounts; free training; a weekly ebulletin; a pension scheme and welfare fund. Members include professional and emerging writers and membership starts at £9 per month.
Website (including online joining): www.writersguild.org.uk
Writers at Work Productions:
Writers at Work Productions is a writers development organisation which aims to explore new ways of working with and training writers and to work with the industry to increase access and diversity in the writing industry. The company is run by Jennifer Tuckett, who is also the Course Leader for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. Past projects include London Writers’ Week, The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting run in partnership with the Bush Theatre, Central Saint Martins and Oberon Books and University Women in the Arts run in partnership with The Women of the Future Programme, Central Saint Martins and in association with Tonic Theatre.
For more information please see: www.writersatworkproductions.com
NAWE’s mission is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing and to support good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.
As Subject Association, NAWE promotes Creative Writing as both a distinct discipline and an essential element in education generally. Our membership includes those working in Higher Education, the many freelance writers working in schools and community contexts, and the teachers and other professionals who work with them.
For more information, please see: www.nawe.co.uk
The London Playwrights Blog:
London Playwrights Blog was started in 2013 as a resource for emerging playwrights. We aim to bring together the latest opportunities, best resources, and good advice in one place.
The London Playwrights Blog advises London Writers Week particularly on events targeted at emerging writers.
For more information, please see www.londonplaywrightsblog.com
BBC Writersroom is a cross-genre department. We work with Drama, Comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, Radio, Online – and others. We work with both new and experienced writers.
Our website has a wealth of online resources in our Writers’ Lab, a Script Library, Industry Opportunities and our Blog with news and features on the latest BBC programmes, help and advice.
From our bases in London and Salford we run public events (for example Writing for Medical Drama and our TV Drama Writers’ Festival) and workshops, Q&As and masterclasses at festivals, theatres, writers’ groups and courses.
Our twice-yearly Script Room (Comedy and Drama) offers an open door for all writers across the UK, both new and experienced, to submit scripts with the promise that at least the first ten pages will be read.
We run targeted talent searches, for example the Trans-Comedy Award, which led to Boy Meets Girl on BBC Two, Future Talent for a pilot web-series based in the West Midlands, the Class-Dismissed sketch-writing initiative with CBBC and Craic Off with BBC Northern Ireland Comedy. We target under-represented voices through schemes focusing on minority communities or specific parts of the UK (for example the Wales Drama Award and the Tony Doyle Award).
For more information please see: www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom
Tamasha Theatre Company:
Tamasha is Britain’s foremost touring theatre company producing new plays inspired by the diversity of a globalised world. Tamasha’s work places the voices of emerging and established artists from culturally diverse backgrounds centre stage. Tamasha present vital high quality plays from seldom-heard voices, facilitate theatre makers to engage creatively with communities and audiences, and train theatre artists and young people through Tamasha Developing Artists; a national artist development programme with a track record of providing high-quality professional training and tangible professional opportunities for emerging and established theatre artists throughout their careers.
Playwrights’ Studio Scotland:
Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland is the nation’s only arts organisation exclusively dedicated to the long-term support, development and promotion of Scotland’s playwrights. We work actively and creatively with playwrights, connecting them with audiences and organisations, for the ultimate enrichment and enjoyment of the people of Scotland and beyond.
For more information please go to: http://www.playwrightsstudio.co.uk/
For further information, photos or to arrange interviews please contact Jennifer Tuckett at firstname.lastname@example.org