Nottingham Theatre launches search for talented playwright

Nottingham Playhouse is on the look-out for a professional writer to create its annual festive family show.

Every Christmas, Nottingham Playhouse produces a family show aimed at younger children, in its Neville Studio. As one of the funniest and most amusing instalments in the Playhouse’s annual diary, it also tours to primary schools in the region. This year the production will be the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Playhouse is looking for a professional writer to craft the play and bring the story to life. However, they must have a connection to the East Midlands – having either originated from the area or residing there currently.

Jake Orr, Producer for Nottingham Playhouse, said: “Each year our call out to playwrights with a connection to the East Midlands has helped ensure that our annual festive family show is as inventive and colourful as possible. The chance to develop professionally and reinvent a classic tale for our stage makes this an unmissable opportunity and excellent addition to a playwright’s CV. We’re thrilled to be developing local, creative talent for our audiences – including the schools that the production will visit.”

Last year’s winner of the playwright call out was Sarah Middleton from Derby. Her version of Pinocchio was her first professionally produced play.

She added: “Writing Pinocchio was a wonderful experience. I felt really supported by the Playhouse and learnt so much. The whole team was brilliant, and it was really exciting to be working with other creatives from the East Midlands. The writer of Jack and the Beanstalk – whoever they are – will have a great time. Its hard work getting the script just right but hugely rewarding seeing your work performed for young audiences who respond so immediately, honestly and sometimes hilariously!”

Furthermore the designer, Georgie White, was a graduate who won the opportunity to design the set as part of the annual Playhouse Prize competition (an annual collaboration with the NTU Theatre Design course). The production received fantastic reviews – including four stars from The Stage, which described it as ‘engaging and zany theatre for young children.’

This initiative is just one of many yearly opportunities for local theatre makers which the Playhouse makes available under its Amplify programme, which supports and develops regional talent.

Deadlines for submissions is 8th May 2020 at 12pm midday. To find out more, including a full brief of what is required, head to: nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/
Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk are already on sale: nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/family/jack-and-the-beanstalk-2020/
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