Sherman Theatre's Introduction to Playwriting programme

EIGHT: Functioning Vampire Podcast


From Monday 24 August



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Functioning Vampire Podcast

By Grace Eshel

Director Dafydd Weeks

Performer Gethin Alderman

Dracula’s brother is 421 years old. Was 2020 a stand-out year?

EIGHT: fresh new plays from first-time writers

Thanks to the continued support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Sherman Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting course for 15 – 18 year olds has been able to continue throughout lockdown and as it eases. The participants have created eight monologues that are personal reflections on the experience of 2020 and the situation caused by Covid-19.

The plays in EIGHT were written and directed through weekly Zoom meetings facilitated by Branwen Davies, Matt Hartley, Timothy Howe and Non Haf Davies. All plays were self-filmed by the actors involved.

Grace Eshel Q&A

What was your inspiration for Functioning Vampire Podcast?

• My inspiration for this came from listening to podcasts as well as having an interest in horror in general and wanting to write something that would incorporate these elements whilst also keeping to the brief.

What did you enjoy most about this process?

• "I enjoyed the rehearsal process and developing the idea further with each draft."

Branwen Davies

“I’m delighted by the ideas, imagination and images created. It’s exciting to be able to celebrate our young writers and their work.”

With thanks to:

Playwriting Tutors Branwen Davies & Matt Hartley

Sherman Theatre Creative Engagement Manager Timothy Howe

Introduction to Playwriting Assistant Non Haf Davies

Film Editor Chris Lloyd

Introduction to Playwriting is funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


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