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In response to a rapidly changing world, where all touring and live performance is currently on hiatus, national theatre Paines Plough have launched Come To Where I Am, in partnership with Newcastle’s Open Clasp and other theatres across the UK. It’s a spin-off of Paines Plough’s existing app, Come To Where I am From and will co-commission 30  new short plays from local writers about the places they call home and their relationship to home at this time. They’re to be released as visual-audio pieces and then performed in theatres when allowed.

Three new North East writers picked to write short plays about Newcastle upon Tyne are Abigail Byron, Charlotte Campbell, Christina Berriman Dawson and Kay Greyson.

Catrina McHugh MBE, Open Clasp Artistic Director and Writer said, “We wanted to give young women and new writers, including those that have never written before, an opportunity with this commission.  I left school at sixteen and hid my poetry about Margaret Thatcher because I had no confidence to share. It wasn’t until my early thirties, when I sat in a creative writing class and someone told me I could write that I found my voice.  I hope this feels the same for these women.

All of these new plays will be made available online but for those without access to the internet or who aren’t internet savvy there will be unique live readings of the plays over the phone, with celebrated actors to provide this caller service including David Bradley, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Lisa Hammond, Sally Dynevor and more to be announced.

To watch it online visit www.openclasp.org.uk or watch on Paines Plough YouTube channel here.

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