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Writehouse, a showcase for emerging playwrights and part of the Sunderland Stages Writers’ Project, will take place in front of a socially distanced live audience at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 22nd October. They will be performing six new short plays directed by Theatre Space North East’s Corinne Kilvington and written by Jessica Birch (The Goodbye Book), Thomas Kelly (Dennis), Peter McAdam (Friends), Jamie McLeish (It’s On the Cards), Alan Parkinson (The Empty Seat) and Janet Plater (Church Flowers).  The performances feature local actors Charlie Richmond, Dean Bone, Jackie Phillips, Brogan Gilbert and Sarah Lewis Obuda and will include a Q&A session with the playwrights at the end.

Helen Green, Head of Performance at Sunderland Culture and producer of Writehouse adds, “We put a call out for new and emerging writers earlier in the year and we were impressed by the response, both in terms of quantity and quality.

“Our Writehouse playwrights are a diverse group with different approaches and things to say, but they’re united in talent and promise.

“Writehouse is part of the ongoing Sunderland Stages Writers Project that has been developing writers for the stage over the last couple of years. The project has included workshops and talks by established playwrights; theatre visits, including one to Edinburgh Fringe, and given opportunities to have work performed professionally.

“These opportunities have included Museum Pieces which saw five short plays by new writers performed in Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens last November; and  Sunderland Stories – six monologues by emerging writers, performed online in June and July this year.

“I’ve also been determined that the writers’ project creates opportunities across both Sunderland Stories and Writehouse for actors who are being hit quite desperately during the continual closure of theatres around the country.”

Tickets for the live performances at Arts Centre Washington are sold out. However the plays will be available to watch online via Facebook Live. To watch, click here.

Janet Plater


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