In March, the Sherman launched the New Welsh Playwrights Programme to find the best of new writing from Welsh or Wales based artists. The Sherman was inundated with submissions and 14 scripts were chosen to be a part of the programme. The 14 playwrights are currently taking part in weekly sessions that will help develop their skills in writing for theatre, led by playwright Brad Birch (Royal Court, Sherman Cymru, Soho Theatre). The playwrights will be sharing their thoughts on the process. Here, Matthew Ingram talks about the process.
Now that we've had the majority of our sessions on the Programme, thoughts are beginning to turn to the next stage of the process: developing and writing our own full-length scripts.
It's a daunting thought but everyone on the group is now starting to really support and push one another. As a relatively diverse group, there’s a real sense of exchange going on: exchange of ideas, exchange of advice and exchange of knowledge.
Being on this programme has been a real confidence boost. I’ve learned that I have just as much right as anyone else to send scripts to companies that I once thought were a ‘holy grail’ for writing; or that I have just as much right to seek out an agent; or that I have just as much right to call myself a playwright.
Regardless of how my script turns out, that’s probably the biggest thing I’ll take away from this experience.