Sherman Theatre announces participants in its artist development programme for Unheard Voices

Theatre Makers
Sherman Theatre has announced 20 new writers who have been selected to take part in its Unheard Voices programme for 2022. Unheard Voices is a new Sherman Theatre programme designed to connect, inspire and empower writers whose voices need to be heard. After a pause caused by the pandemic, the programme was re-launched in late 2021, where its pool of eligible writers was expanded to ensure that the programme empowers even more writers from different walks of life and lived experiences.

The programme is for Welsh and Wales-based writers with any level of experience who are one or several of the following:

  • Women
  • From Diverse Ethnic Communities
  • LGBTQ+
  • D/deaf or disabled

Over 125 submissions were received from writers across Wales who wished to take part in the programme. Sherman Theatre’s Literary Manager, Branwen Davies, has said “We were overwhelmed by the amount of entries and how rich and varied they were. It was very difficult to choose just 20, but it excited us all how much talent there is. We will be keeping in touch with all applicants and are happy to provide feedback, discuss ideas and offer other opportunities in the future.”

The writers taking part in Unheard Voices are: Angharad Tudor, Azuka Oforka, Beli Evans, Bethany Handley, Danielle Fahiya, E. E. Rhodes, Emmy Stonelake, Greg Glover, Hannah Lad, Hari Raelyn, Juliette Manon, Kay R. Dennis, Laura Inkpen, Lauren Morais, Lily Beau Conway, Nerida Bradley, Roanna Lewis, Seren Fflŷr Hamilton, Sherrall Morris, and Simon Dollinger.

The programme will involve a series of online master classes delivered by key figures in theatre including: Alistair Wilkinson, Jo Clifford, Kaite O’Reilly, Lucy Morrison, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Nina Steiger, Shahid Iqbal Khan, Sharon Clark, Sita Thomas, Tabby Lamb and Tom Wentworth.

Unheard Voices hopes to provide an opportunity for the 20 writers to learn from and connect with expert practitioners, develop networks in the industry and gain confidence sharing their stories with the pursuit of continuing to do so. The programme aims to build a platform on which the writers can further develop their careers and ensure that their voices are heard.

During the course of the programme all participants will be invited to Sherman Theatre production press nights which are a valuable networking opportunity. The Literary Team will be at hand to discuss work and advice throughout the process, and at the end of the programme participants will also be invited to attend an all-encompassing weekend led by the Sherman Theatre’s Artistic team to reflect, share work and discuss experiences on the programme, and future opportunities.

Unheard Voices is supported by Arts Council Wales.

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