To create the pieces of theatre, prose and poetry on show at the new writing festival we needed to find talented writers, and find them we did! So here you go, these are the creative peeps that where inspired by the space to create the pieces you’ll see at the event.
Chrissie Petrie is an emerging playwright and poet. She graduated in 2011 with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and has since gone on to have her work showcased at a number of venues throughout the UK. Check out her website a thttp://chrissiepetrie.wordpress.com/ for further details.
James Whitman writes stories for young adults (and not-so-young adults). For over a decade, he worked in Youth Offending Teams and children’s homes, so he often writes about people with a lot on their plates. Sometimes his stories have niceties like heroes and happy endings, but only if he’s been especially well fed that week. James also enjoys collaborating with other arty farty types, and is currently developing a project that combines storytelling and street art in Hendon, Sunderland
Louise Taylor is a designer and playwright based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her plays have been performed at Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Customs House, ARC Stockton and Riverside Studios, London. She is currently a member of ARC Stockton’s Arts Council-funded Writers ARCADE professional development program for emerging playwrights.
Mary Pickin was a founder, performer and writer for HC Productions , a company specialising in making18th Century Theartre accessible to audiences. She now collaborates with the English Department at Northumbria University, using drama to support public academic lectures on 18th Century writing. Her ancestor was a bare knuckled fighter.
D G Foster
D G FOSTER is an actor, writer and director from the North East. Having graduated from Northumbria University with a BA in Drama in 2008, he has worked steadily both on screen and stage, and has most recently begun focusing on radio dramas and plays. As a writer, he has produced several short plays for radio and stage, as well as writing and contributing to films in the short form.
Helen is a regular Theatre Space NE performer, having played Rosalind in As You Like it; Cat/ Sir Kay/ Lady of Shalot/ Knight in King Arthur’s Adventures in Sunderland; Witch 1/ Lady Macduff/ Messenger in Macbeth and Annabella/ Pamela/ Margaret in The 39 Steps, this year alone. Other roles have included the titular character inAnne Boleyn; Julia Simmons in A Murder is Announced and Edith Harnham in The Day After the Fair (all at the Royalty Theatre). Last year, Helen directed the Royalty Theatre Youth Academy’s version of The Tempest and was Assistant Director for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Royalty Theatre).
This marks Helen’s first time writing the play and she hopes you enjoy Latitude; Critical and Smalltown Boy.
David is England’s Answer – though no one is quite sure what the question is. His writing credits include The Fabric Of Life for Quondam Theatre,Distant Sun(starring Derek Fowlds) for Open Heart, The Big Picture for the Customs House, Oranges & Lemons for Cloud 9, and The Fickle Finger Of Fate for Dreambox. For Theatre Space North East he has written King Arthur’s Adventures and the Heritage Walk
Chris Wilkins is a graduate of the Live Theatre’s Writers Group and based in Newcastle. He writes pieces that can loosely be described as dark comic dramas. He’s had work performed by Write On Tap, ‘Cargo’ which deals with who gets the last cup of tea at the end of the world and ‘Cow Juice’ – a look at the violence inherent in the works’ milk club. Arts in Touch also performed a two act play of Chris’ called ‘Lock In’ based on the Wallsend pub siege.
This is his first piece to be performed in a church.