Meet the Writers

MarcMarc Antoine

Play for Soho Reading:     Well. Very Well. Thank you for Asking

Tagline:     The How-to of Happiness

About Marc:     Marc Antoine is South African playwright based in London. His short play for young audiences (4 Eva), completed during this MA, was performed at RADA. Well, very well! Thank you for asking is Marc’s first full-length play.

David K. Barnes

David K. Barnes

Play for Soho Reading:     Monster Hunters

Tagline:     What big feet you have, my dear.

About David:     Edinburgh Fringe Festival credits include – Wild Allegations (2010), Timothy (2011), The Wind in the Willows (new adaptation for TwoSquared Productions, 2012). Timothy also produced by FreeRange Productions in Reading and by Project: Theatre at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. David has written material for The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh, and has written and directed eight plays and one pantomime for the Edinburgh University Theatre Company between 2006 and 2012.

Twitter:     @velvetbarnes

Georgie

Georgie Christie

Play for Soho Reading:     Welcome to the Highlands (Fàilte don Ghàidhealtachd)

Tagline:     William Wallace wants his freedom. Bonnie Prince Charlie wants his throne. But Alex Salmond? He just wants your vote.

About Georgie:     Georgie grew up in the north of Scotland and attended Oxford University. She wrote her first play for the Chichester Young Playwrights Programme in 2009. Since then, she has had short plays put on every year at the Chichester Summer Festival: The Bears will get you (2010), Might Just Get You Through (2011), and Mr Trot (2012). In 2012-13 she was selected for the Chichester Advanced Playwrights group (CHAPS). She has also written a short film, Alright on the Night, which showed at the 2009 Raindance Film Festival.

Rena Brannan

Rena Brannan

Play for Soho Reading:     38th Parallel

Tagline:     They fuck you up.

About Rena:     Rena Brannan’s monologue Hair Goal was published in Mslexia Issue 57 in 2013. Her cartoon GAYDAR: The trials and tribulations of Etheline and Josie are published in whensallymetsally.co.uk. She wrote The CU*TS for the Royal Court Critical Mass Writing Program in 2012. In 2010 Sidekick had a professional rehearsed reading at the Wilson Studio Royal Court. In 2006 she co-produced Henry Green’s Nothing for the Brits Off Broadway at the E59E Theatre New York. Her work has appeared in the Finding a Voice, The Spiral Path and Book of Numbers anthologies of new writing. She has an MA from Birmingham City University in Creative Writing. She was born in Seoul Korea and moved to the United States with her Irish/American father and Korean mother. She currently resides and works in London.

Twitter:     @Rena_Brannan

Kendall

Kendall Feaver

Play for Soho Reading:     The Joy Prohibited

Tagline:     Her mother thinks she’s a genius, but Anna’s doctor thinks she’s ill. Her friends can’t figure out what she is, and now the police are pressing charges.

About Kendall:     Kendall Feaver is an Australian playwright whose previous work includes The Hiding Place (ATYP Under the Wharf), Rocket Boy (Adelaide Fringe Festival) and The Forgotten (Runner-up, STC Young Playwright of the Year Award). Most recently, she wrote for Islington Community Theatre and devised Push It as part of Scrapyard Theatre at the Traverse. Kendall has been selected for residencies at Queen St Studios and the Fresh Ink National Studio and was shortlisted for the inaugural ATYP commission for her children’s play Paper Boat. Her current play in development, Rupture, was awarded an Australia Council ‘New Work’ grant and her Masters at Goldsmiths has been supported with an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award.

Twitter:     @kendallfeaver

Naomi Lawson

Naomi Lawson

Play for Soho Reading:     Little Ireland

Tagline:     Where is home when we can’t find it on the map?

About Naomi:     Naomi joined the Writing for Performance course as a recent Drama and Theatre graduate of Royal Holloway University of London. In her last year there, she was selected to take part in the department’s Playwriting Festival with a rehearsed reading of her one act play House of Borden. She is also a part-time reviewer for theatre website What’s Peen Seen. Originally from South Wales, Naomi has a strong interest in working with communities and young people. Little Ireland is her first full length play.

Twitter:     @NaomiMLawson

PhilippaPhilippa Mannion

Play for Soho Reading:     Punchline

Tagline:     Why aren’t you laughing?

About Philippa:     Philippa is a theatre-maker and playwright from Scotland. She won the BBC Ignite Competition with her radio play Bookworms, which was developed with BBC Scotland Radio Drama and the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland in 2010/11. She is currently under commission for StrangeTown Youth Theatre, Edinburgh to write their pantomime! She is a founding member of theatre collective Makeshift Broadcast, for whom she has written [Un]Known Unknowns (The Arches, 2010) and Putting Words in my Mouth (Prague Fringe/Tron Theatre/The Arches, 2013). Philippa has worked for various arts organisations including the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, Julie’s Bicycle and Greenwich Theatre.

Twitter:     @mannionaise

Deborah

Deborah Nash

Play for Soho Reading:     Way Down in the Hole

Tagline:     What do two road workers dig up one summer? A black aquatic centipede? The corpse of a king? An underground giant? Two twin babies? A song?…

About Deborah:     Deborah’s writing credits include three picture books for children (published by Frances Lincoln and Franklin Watts), single and multiple voice narratives for BBC School Radio, and magazine travel features and artist interviews (such as Huang Yong Ping for The Art Newspaper). Following a year abroad in China, Deborah wrote her first play for schools, The Chinese Dragon and the Chocolate Soldiers. She went on to write for a cast of marionettes at The Little Angel Theatre, and adapted The Tinderbox as a Christmas show for The Orange Tree Theatre. Loki’s Children was selected for a rehearsed reading at Theatre503 in 2010, and Dead Pop Stars Dreamtime and Knitting Pattern were written and performed while at Goldsmiths. Deborah occasionally appears in theatrical events such as Tentation at the De La Warr Pavilion. She lives in a commune in Walthamstow.

Richard Walls HeadshotRichard Walls

Play for Soho Reading:     Pineapple Juice

Tagline:     A narcissistic aristocracy confront their extinction with narcotics, blood sports and butchery.

About Richard:     Originally from Coventry, Richard was assistant to artistic director Peter Flynn at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York before completing an artistic apprenticeship with playwright Chris O’Connell at the Shop Front Theatre upon his return home. His play Powder is to be produced by Theatre Absolute later this year.  He holds a first in Theatre and Performance from the University of Warwick.

Twitter:     @richard_walls

Tiffany

Tiffany Wood

Play for Soho Reading:     Gravitons

Tagline:      Twenty-one characters in search of a new narrative, but will any make the jump?

About Tiffany:     Tiffany has been a theatre maker on the London Fringe since graduating from Durham University in 2003, she trained as an actor with Philippe Gaulier in Paris. Tiffany is the co-founder of Hobo Theatre Company, where she is the writer in residence. Productions include Roundabout (Bush Theatre Bush Bazaar, 2012) and Cafe Duende (Morrito Restaurant, 2012.) Tiffany was awarded the Sunday Times Playwriting Award in 2004 for Shaking Cecelia with her writing partner Charlotte Riley, with whom Tiffany is currently writing a screenplay set in the North-East. Tiffany is currently developing a clown show based on Don Quixote entitled: The Knight of The Sorrowful Figure with Little Soldier Theatre Company and Aitor Basauri. Their recent work-in-progress showing in May 2013 at the Blue Elephant Theatre garnered a five star review, and the company hope to continue developing the show to present in 2014.

Twitter:     @tiffygolightly

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