Sherman Theatre's Introduction to Playwriting programme

EIGHT: Please Be Positive


From Thursday 27 August



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Please Be Positive

By Sophie Budd

Director Nerida Bradley

Performer Olivia Edwards

Lessons in lockdown.

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.

Sophie Budd Q&A:

What inspired you to write Please Be Positive?

"I wanted to write ‘please be positive’ with teenagers in mind, and I wanted to get across that it is okay not to be okay, this is something that is very important to me."

What did you enjoy most about the process?

"Before writing this monologue, I found it hard to put my emotions on paper and so the fact that I have done that is a big achievement for me and I enjoyed gaining confidence in it."

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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