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25th May: New Writing vs New Work

25 May 2012, 4pm-5pm
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In association with The Writers’ Guild 

Chair: Philip Monks

A lively and topical discussion about the practices and processes of developing new work. Where are the crossovers between the traditional models of “new writing” and the collaborative nature of devised theatre? Is it even useful to preserve a distinction between the different ways of making and sharing work? An expert panel of practitioners and producers share their experiences.

Speakers include:

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord
Director of Theatre, Ovalhouse
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord is a hybrid theatre maker who directs, writes, devises and produces theatre and performance. Her work is full of stories and big ideas and she wants theatre full of magic and contradiction that just might change the world. Rebecca read Ancient History and Classics at Bristol University, specialising in ancient Greek drama before training as a Director at RADA and going on to train with Frantic Assembly, Complicite, Told by an Idiot and the Young Vic. Her work has taken her from major international companies like Shakespeare’s Globe, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House to tiny found spaces in London and beyond. She is Director of Theatre at Ovalhouse, Founding Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Arch 468 and works internationally as a freelance director.

Fraser Grace
Convenor, MPhil in Playwriting, University of Birmingham
Before becoming a playwright, Fraser Grace worked as an actor and performance poet. His first play, Perpetua, was joint winner of the Verity Bargate Award and was produced by Soho Theatre/Birmingham REP. Since then he has written for theatres all over the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, (Breakfast with Mugabe) and most recently, Pursued by a Bear Productions, whose production of Kalashnikov, in the woods by the lake toured the UK in Autumn 2011. In 2011 Fraser was appointed Teaching Fellow in Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, where he now convenes the Masters Course in Playwriting Studies. His plays are published by Oberon books. For more details about past productions and new writing, visit

Hannah Silva
Hannah Silva is a writer, performer and theatre maker. She has shown her theatre work internationally, including in Japan, Germany, Holland and Belgium and is currently touring her solo show Opposition. Opposition received rave reviews at the recent Edinburgh Fringe where it was described as ‘radical, political, courageous’ (***** What’s on Stage). As a poet she has toured with Apples and Snakes, performed at Latitude and the London Word Festival and been featured on Radio 3′s The Verb. She is currently co-writing a play ‘Marathon Tales’ for BBC Radio 3 with Colin Teevan and developing an opera ‘Thanatophobia‘ with the composer Joanna Lee through an Aldeburgh Music Jerwood Fellowship. She has recently received funding from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation to research and develop a new play ‘Hunger‘. Her poetry is featured in the forthcoming anthologies from Penned in the Margins, Avalanche Books and Bloodaxe.

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