Sherman Theatre's Introduction to Playwriting programme

EIGHT: Gates


From Tuesday 25 August



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By Hannah Mathers

Director Jason Marc-Williams

Performer Gabin Kongolo

The last thing you need in Heaven is to be met by an inexperienced angel.

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.

Hannah Mathers Q&A

Why did you write about your subject matter?

• “I wanted to combine this year’s events with light humour, in spite of the fact of how many people we have lost.”

What did you enjoy about the process?

• “I Overall, it was great working with new people. We've been able to have a laugh whilst producing this monologue, and that certainly makes the job easier.”

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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