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BOLD Playwrights 

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BOLD is dedicated to transforming empty buildings into creative performing arts spaces & BOLD Elephant – a space to create, is our first. 

As well as creating our own work, we want to champion & support the work of playwrights. We believe there are too few opportunities for writers to develop their plays in a process that involves other creatives & enables them to ‘see’ their work. So, we are thrilled to launch BOLD Playwrights: an exciting new playwright & play development programme. 

BOLD Playwrights is a free scheme that offers three playwrights a rare opportunity to have a first draft developed from page to stage. The scheme includes dramaturgical sessions & workshops with dramaturg, director & actors. It culminates in a final semi-staged rehearsed reading at BOLD Elephant for an invited industry audience. This project is funded by the BOLD company. 

BOLD Playwrights inaugral writers:

We are delighted to announce that the selected writers and their plays for this first scheme are:

Aaron Kilercioglu – A Tree Called Max; Jaisal Marmion – West Country Oriental Gentleman and Leila Nashef – Anchoress.

PROCESS

BOLD Playwrights is designed to support playwrights through five stages of developing a play, from first draft to first industry reading, over the course of 12 weeks.

The BOLD Playwrights Scheme will be divided into the following stages:

WORDS Dramaturgical workshops focused on an already written first draft:

  • An initial meeting to discuss the writer’s inspiration and vision
  • An initial script read and preparation of notes 
  • A follow up dramaturgical meeting to discuss the development of the play.
  • A 2nd script read and preparation of notes 

ACTIONS Development workshops with actors:

  • One day (or 2 x ½ days) workshop with dramaturg & actors
  • Observe the actors responding to your script
  • Hear your words & receive feedback from the actors 

VISIONS Development workshops with actors & a director:

  • 2-days of workshops with actors, directors, dramaturg
  • Experience being in the rehearsal room as a writer
  • Develop a relationship with the director
  • Observe their work on your play with the actors
  • See your play take shape 

STAGING A rehearsal process culminating in a semi-staged reading for an invited audience:

  • A further 2 days of rehearsals with dramaturg, director & actors
  • An evening script in hand / semi-staged performance with an invited industry audience at  the end of the second day

FUTURES A session for the writer, with dramaturg & director in which to assess, reflect, discuss feedback, evaluate & consider future options. 

The project is expected to take place July– Sept 2021 on dates to be agreed.

Facilitators

Sarah Davey-Hull (director)

Sarah is the Artistic Director of BOLD,  she has most recently commissioned & directed new plays by Anna Jordan, Chris Bush & Hannah Khalil for Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

Steve Harper (dramaturg)

Steve is a BOLD Associate & the Literary Manager at Theatre503. In this role, he has supported hundreds of debut playwrights.