Sherman Theatre's Introduction to Playwriting programme

EIGHT: In Retrospect


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In Retrospect

By Hywel Edwards-Sim

Director Kayleigh Adlam

Performer Richard Elis

Who is the messenger talking to Michael from the future?

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.

Hywel Edwards-Sim

Why did you write about your subject matter?

• “Throughout the pandemic, I have found it fascinating to hypothesize about how this period of history will be remembered in the next century, and decided that this was the perfect concept to explore in my piece.”

What did you enjoy about the process?

What did you enjoy about the process?

• “I have loved developing my monologue, and discovering greater meaning and interpretation with an actor and director; this has truly developed it into what I feel is a complete and well-rounded piece.”

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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