London Writers’ Week has announced that the third installment of Fin Kennedy’s influential In Battalions Festival will be part of this year’s London Writers’ Week.
In 2013, Tamasha’s Artistic Director, Fin Kennedy wrote In Battalions, a report into the effect of the Arts Council’s cuts on theatres capacity to develop new plays and playwrights.
The first festival took place at Central Saint Martins as part of The Year of Experimentation festival and featured Neil Darlison, Director of Theatre at the Arts Council, amongst other speakers.
The second festival was run in partnership with Devoted and Disgruntled and the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins.
As part of London Writers’ Week, this year Fin Kennedy will host an In Battalions: State of the Industry round table to discuss the Government’s current funding plans and the effects the cuts have had to date.
A truly open discussion, all attendees will be afforded the opportunity to take part and air their thoughts, observations and analysis. Speakers will include theatre professionals as well as representatives from Arts Council England and it is hoped this could be the catalyst for a second In Battalions report.
In addition two other new events for London Writers’ Week have been announced.
The first event is with Alexander Ferris, Director of Old Vic New Voices, and will be on the Old Vic New Voices three year community company project which is coming to an end this year.
The first University Women in the Arts event, with mentor Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom and the former Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC, has also been announced as part of the week.
Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers’ Week said: “This year’s aim for London Writers’ Week is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of theatre writing in the UK. We are delighted to be including In Battalions as part of the week – Fin Kennedy’s campaign has kept the need to protect new writing in theatre on the agenda each year for the last three years.
The Old Vic New Voices community company are also coming to an end of their three year project this year, and we are looking forward to talking with Alexander Ferris, Director of Old Vic New Voices, about the project and how it has led the way in terms of community work and this session should offer important advice on working with the community.
We are also very proud to be hosting the first University Women in the Arts event as part of London Writers’ Week – this new project aims to provide advice from 15 of the women leading the way in the arts in the UK and we are delighted to have the first session, which is free and open to all, as part of the week.”
For more information on these and other events, please go to: www.londonwritersweek.com
Notes to editors
London Writers’ Week:
London Writers’ Week was created in 2015 with the aim to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of new writing in the UK.
The week’s partners are the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writers at Work Productions, NAWE, BBC Writersroom, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, The London Playwrights Blog and Tamasha Theatre Company.
Each week has a different theme and this year’s theme is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of theatre writing in the UK.
Contributors to this year’s London Writers’ Week include the Bush Theatre, Oberon Books, Central Saint Martins, Tim Crouch, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Tamasha, The Dark Horse Festival, the Arts Council, Old Vic New Voices, University Women in the Arts, and In Battalions.
For more information please go to www.londonwritersweek.com
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