Theatre by the Lake seeks writers for Paines Plough project

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Local Cumbrian writers wanted for longstanding writing programme

Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake is looking for local writers to work on Come to Where I Am with acclaimed theatre company Paines Plough.

The theatre is co-commissioning four new short plays from writers about the places they call home and their relationship to “home” in the current pandemic.

Come to Where I Am is a spin-off series of an existing Paines Plough project, Come To Where I’m From, which has commissioned over 160 short plays in the past decade. 

Paines Plough is working with the Keswick theatre and others in Derby, Newcastle, Pitlochry, Reading, Sheffield and other places to co-commission 30 short plays.

Successful writers will be offered £250 per commission for a 10-minute play, and will receive script development support. They will be asked to film themselves at home, performing their own play, which will be edited and released, and later performed at the partner theatres when they reopen.

Alongside being available online, Paines Plough will create a live performance of the plays on the telephone, allowing isolated audiences to watch.

The company will be working with actors including David Bradley, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sally Dynevor, with more to be announced.

Theatre by the Lake’s artistic director, Liz Stevenson, said: “We are delighted to be part of this brilliant project. We’re really excited by the idea of discovering and developing local writers, and exploring what home means to them. If you consider Cumbria to be your home, we want to hear from you, even if you don’t see yourself as a playwright or have ever written anything for the stage before.”

Email an A4 sample of writing (of any kind), plus a bit about you and your interest in this project (up to 200 words), here by 5pm on Tuesday May 5.

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