Writing on the wall for Traverse

June 4, 2014 | By More

Young writers’ 200 word plays get professional reading

The notion that new writing permeates the very fabric of the Traverse theatre is being given concrete evidence this week, as a series of 200 word plays are inscribed on the walls.

Emma Ahlqvist at work. Photo © Sunniva Ramsay

Emma Ahlqvist at work. Photo © Sunniva Ramsay

And tonight, Wednesday 4 June, for one night only, the theatre is staging Writing on the Wall, a rehearsed reading of the eight plays – written by young writers from their Class Act, Young Writers and Scribble groups.

The performances will be recorded as part of National Theatre of Scotland’s latest five-minute theatre project: The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show, which will be broadcast from 5pm on Monday 23rd June 2014.

All participants in the three young writers groups were recently challenged to produce short written pieces, no more than 200-words in length, on the theme of ‘What Happens Next?’.

From the varied and accomplished pieces submitted, the Traverse’s artistic team selected the work of eight writers: Rosanna Hall, Ella Phillips, Lara Jo Bazzu, Hannah Jo Doherty Mackinlay, Fin Ross-Russell, Rory Doherty, Samuel Verdin and Conor O’Loughlin.

These mini plays are their response to the current referendum question. Directed by Traverse associate director, Emma Callander, the plays will receive a scratch performance with a professional ensemble of Traverse Theatre Company actors: Ben Clifford, Iain Robertson and Emma Hartley-Miller.

The plays have also been inscribed by Emma Ahlqvist on various walls and other surfaces around the Traverse building for public viewing. They will remain on display until September 2014.

The scratch performance is free, non-ticketed and open to all with an interest in new writing.

Writing on the Wall.
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street EH1 2ED
Wednesday 4 June, 6pm.
Free

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