Boost for local playwrights
A collective of regional theatre writers have received the 2019 Emerging Writing Organisation Grant from Writing NSW.
Live Words performance writing collective received $5000 to enhance the performance culture and theatre community of Central Western NSW through writing weekends, expert workshops and public readings of their work in 2019.
Members of the group – who come from Bathurst, Rylstone, Cessnock (ex Mudgee) and Dubbo – will outline their current writing projects at the official Live Words launch at 6pm on Wednesday 13 February in the Wattle Foyer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.
The ten Live Words writers include emerging playwrights to those with a strong resume of produced works, including professional theatre makers. This year they’ll develop one act dramas, comedies, theatre for children and experimental pieces, working with dramaturgs to fine tune the scripts and testing them at public readings; all steps on the path to full theatre production. Acclaimed Australian playwright Hilary Bell will lead the group’s first workshop in March.
The Live Words group was formed out of the 2018 Central West Short Play Festival Residency through Local Stages at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, with a couple of new writers joining after a public call out at the end of last year. The 2018 experience has already born fruit with professional and public readings of some works and productions in the pipeline for others.
“The collective has proven to be a really encouraging, safe place to share our writing. We tweak our skills, share resources, give each other well-considered feedback and set goals and writing deadlines to actually get writing done,” said Live Words’ Fiona Green.
“Whilst the group is full for this year, the big picture aim of the collective is to provide ongoing professional development, dramaturgy, public readings and other support to playwrights from the region,” Ms Green said.
This project is supported by a Writing NSW grant, under a devolved funding program run by Writing NSW on behalf of the NSW Government and Create NSW. This was the only grant made state-wide this year in the ‘emerging writing group’ category. More about the grants: https://writingnsw.org.au/announcing-the-recipients-of-the-2018-writing-nsw-grants/
Live Words is also supported by Local Stages at BMEC who produce and support locally made performance.
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