Platfform New Writing

12 Sep 2019

Theatr Iolo and Sherman Theatre are giving a group of playwrights the opportunity to develop new work for children and young people during a weekend of workshops and readings.

The two Cardiff based companies have joined forces to give four writers the chance to develop and showcase new work for young people across a whole weekend this September. The event, which takes place over 21 and 22 September at the Sherman in Cardiff, will also give the writers access to a director from the JMK/Sherman Directors Group and local professional actors to help develop their work.

The writers taking part in the event were selected from a call-out by Theatr Iolo in 2018 where Welsh and Wales based writers were invited to submit stories for the stage written for young people between the ages of 3 and 16. The writers selected from the call-out are Kyle Lima, Catherine Dyson, Tracy Harris and Catrin Fflur Huws. 

The four new scripts include a Welsh language play exploring what it means to find your true colours, a mystery about the disappearance of a young girl, an adventurous new look at a mythical Welsh legend and a documentary drama exploring the aspirations of young people in Wales.

Platfform New Writing is at the heart of Theatr Iolo’s philosophy. We want to develop new plays for children, young people and their families, with emerging and established writers who may not have written for this audience before. I am thrilled that we’re able to give writers the space to explore their voice to create theatrically relevant work for young people that we hope to support, develop and produce in the near future.
Lee Lyford
Artistic Director, Theatr Iolo  

I am thrilled that the Sherman is collaborating on Platfform New Writing with Theatr Iolo. Both new writing and providing engaging theatre experiences for children and young people are at the very heart of what we do at the Sherman and so it is vital that projects like this exist to support writers to develop new ideas into quality theatre for young people. It is also exciting to see these incredible writers paired with four of our brilliant JMK/Sherman Directors Group participants to bring their work to the stage, and I can’t wait to see the results.
Joe Murphy
Artistic Director, Sherman Theatre

During the first day, the writers and directors will work together in the morning to develop their ideas before being joined by a group of professional actors to start exploring the plays together in the afternoon and into Sunday morning. The weekend will culminate with the Platfform New Writing Rehearsed Reading event, where short extracts of the pieces will be performed to an audience.

The Platfform New Writing Rehearsed Reading event will take place at The Sherman on Sunday 22 September at 5.30pm. This event is Pay What You Decide (where audiences decide how much to pay for their ticket). Tickets need to be booked in advance of the performance by calling the Box Office on 029 2064 6900 or by visiting www.shermantheatre.co.uk

Theatr Iolo will be doing a further call out for new writing in spring 2020. If you are interested in finding out more, please email hello@theatriolo.com For more information, please contact:    Theatr Iolo Tel: 029 2061 3782 Email: hello@theatriolo.com 

More about the writers and scripts

The Welsh Dragon
Writer: Kyle Lima 
Director: Luke Hereford

The Welsh Dragon by Kyle Lima is a mythical comedy exploring themes of national identity and heritage all told through the legendary story of the famous red dragon of Wales. Kyle is a writer, actor and performer, and in his own words “a frustrated yet proud dyslexic” born and raised in Cardiff. Kyle trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is part of BBC Writersroom Welsh Voices collective 2018-19.

Last Seen, Lake Shore
Writer: Catherine Dyson               
Director: Hannah Noone

Fresh from her success of her recent production Transporter, Wales based writer Catherine Dyson has written Last Seen, Lake Shore; a gripping thriller about the disappearance of a young girl told from three different perspectives. Catherine’s other writing credits include Thunder Road (RedCape Theatre) and Light Waves Dark Skies (Chapter and Pontardawe Arts, co-written with Matt Ball). Catherine was part of the Sherman New Welsh Playwrights Programme 2016 and the BBC Writersroom Welsh Voices 2018/19.

When I Grow Up
Writer: Tracy Harris
Director: Paul Jenkins

Based on real conversations with 11-year olds, When I Grow Up by Tracy Harris explores the gap between the aspirations of those just beginning on their journey into adulthood, and those imprisoned by it in middle age. Tracy is a theatre-maker and filmmaker. Her recent work as a writer includes Tracking (a play developed through Sherman New Writers Programme) and No Vacancies (a feature film by Spinning head film). Tracy is currently working on a new piece of Documentary Theatre about the Banksy in Port Talbot with Paul Jenkins and a new piece of performance art How To Rewire a Heart with Catherine Dyson.

Byw’n yr Enfys (Living in the Rainbow)
Writer: Catrin Fflur Huws               
Director: Siobhan Lynn Brennan

Welsh language play, Byw’n yr Enfys (Living in the Rainbow) by Catrin Fflur Huws, explores what happens when you don’t quite fit in and what it really means to find your true colours. Catrin Fflur Huws spent her childhood putting on plays: in her school classroom, in her parents' living room, in her neighbours' garage. Her play To Kill A Machine, about the life of mathematician Alan Turing, performed to critical acclaim in Wales, England and Scotland. She is currently working on a new play about chess, murderers and filmstars.

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