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An online presentation of fresh, determined voices in theatre who are re-defining the ‘mainstream’ narrative with provocations for social justice, multi-layered identities and their own disabled-led storytelling.

The showcase featured eight short films showing excerpts of new work written by each of the amazing Wellspring Writers in the past few months:

Choking Hazard (previously Redraft), by Nicole Latchana
Fighting Bitch Me, by Gabrielle MacPherson
Kummerspeck or And She Reaches Towards Me, by Lilac Yosiphon
Merrineum, by Victoria Taylor-Roberts
Rock the Casbah, by Fatima Serghini
Static, by Paula Brett
Us First, by Robbie Curran
Vampires in South London, by Carmen D’ Cruz

The pieces were directed by Simon Startin and Guest Directors, Stephen Collins (Kummerspeck or And She Reaches Towards Me) and Kate Lovell (Chocking Hazard and Fighting Bitch Me). The event took place on Zoom, on Wednesday 8 June, at 3pm. The films integrated BSL Interpretation and captions.  

You can read more about each piece by downloading the information document (available in PDF and WORD):

Wellspring Showcase Films Information – June 2022 (PDF)

Wellspring Showcase Films Information – June 2022 (WORD)

Go to the Wellspring Writers’ Blog to read more about each Writer’s experience in the programme, their aspirations for the sector, top tips for playwrights looking for professional development and a sneak peak into the plays they have been writing for Wellspring.

Wellspring, supported with funding from City Bridge Trust, has provided bespoke professional development support to London-based disabled, d/Deaf and Neurodivergent playwrights. The 2021 – 2022 programme has been delivered in partnership with mentors from the Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Paines Plough and Theatre503.

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A warm welcome to Carmen, Fatima, Gabrielle, Lilac, Nicole, Paula, Robbie and Victoria, the eight writers and playwrights joining Wellspring this autumn. We are delighted to be working with a brilliant cohort of disabled, d/Deaf and Neurodivergent artists with passion and determination to bring change in the stories written and told on stage and beyond.

You can find out more about this year’s programme participants here.

The Wellspring training programme, supported with funding from City Bridge Trust, commences in October and will be led by four established theatre writers with striking political work in the UK and abroad: Alex Bulmer, Cheryl Martin, Sophie Woolley and Vici Wreford-Sinnott.

We are also excited to welcome Hampstead Theatre as a mentoring partner, alongside Bush TheatrePaines Plough and Theatre503.

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