WRITERS AND PLAYS
Zodwa is a Zimbabwean-born playwright and poet based in Leeds. As winner of the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme she was Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010).
She was part of the Manchester Royal Exchange’s New Stages writing initiative and participated in the 2015 iWrite Regional New Writing Initiative with Creative England. She is currently under commission at The Tricycle Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Sister by Zodwa Nyoni
Originally commissioned by the Ilkley and Beverley Literature Festivals to mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, SISTER is about a modern teenager connecting with Charlotte despite the difference in their culture and backgrounds:
“I connected to Charlotte’s resilience as a woman and a writer. With her writing, she persevered under patriarchal society and even when her sisters were published and she wasn’t she never gave up.”
JC Marshall is a playwright from Yorkshire, who lives in Glasgow. She has written for many theatres both in the UK and internationally, including The Tron (Plume) The West Yorkshire Playhouse (The Worm Collector, Tender Dearly, Non Contact Time) and Oran Mor (Moby Dick.) Internationally her work has played in Berlin and The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco (A Stone’s Throw.) She has written for companies such as Visible Fictions (The Hunted) and Slung Low (for Helium, where she won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Award.) She writes plays for adults and for young people. She is currently working on two plays: Swash (a swashbuckling play) and Constitution about what it might be like to create a constitution for an independent nation.
“To sail with such a heathen crew that have small touch of human mothers in them! Whelped somewhere by the sharkish sea.”
Big book. Big themes. Big whale. Join us for a rollicking shanty-laden adaptation that preserves the vastness of Melville’s language and vision. But with less harpoon tutorials. Originally presented as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint in Glasgow.
David is a playwright, poet, and musician from York. His work has been performed at The Royal Albert Hall, The Everyman Theatre Liverpool, York Theatre Royal, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Latitude Festival and Huddersfield Literature Festival.
He is currently working on a groundbreaking new interpretation of Robin Hood for Gobbledigook Theatre which will premiere at Bolton Abbey in Summer 2017.
Junction by David Jarman
It’s nothing to do with you. You’re busy. You’ve got stuff to do.
Don’t worry about it, everyone else is busy too. It’ll be fine. They’ll be alright.
Someone will sort it out.
Kate has an MA in Theatre from York University. She is currently working on her first professional production- The Lost and Found Factory with Curly Tales. This was developed as part of the Furnace programme at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
Recent work has included two short pieces at The City Screen Basement in York as part of the Script Factor event, in which she was a finalist.
Split Ends by Kate Stewart
Does a small, local business have any place in a big, modern world? Split Ends takes place over the course of a Saturday in a small hairdressing salon on the fringes of a northern city. It follows Erica, the salon’s owner, as she attempts to face up to the reality of her situation.
Ruby Clarke is a York based director and writer with a particular interest in new writing.
Her theatre credits include Quicksand (Bar Lane Studios), The Mercy Seat (York Theatre Royal), Night of the Barghest (York Brewery) and Timon of Athens (International Shakespeare Festival) as well as directing drama undergraduates in The Cosmonaut’s Last Message …, Little Revolution and currently The Wheel at The University of Cumbria. She was Artistic Director of TakeOver Festival 2013 at York Theatre Royal and has just completed a residency at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Katherine is a director originally from Belfast. Directing credits include The Ocean is Downhill from Everywhere (Imaginate), When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell (Tron Theatre), The Company of Wolves by Angela Carter (Arches/Edinburgh Fringe) and Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp (West End Festival).She trained with the JMK Trust and Young Vic Springboard Programme. Assistant director credits include iHo by Tony Kushner (dir. Michael Boyd), a JMK Regional Director award on Swallow by Stef Smith (dir. Orla O’Loughlin), and ‘A Walk at the Edge of the World’ (Magnetic North) for which she was also touring Staff Director. She has taken part in residencies with Magnetic North is also a script reader for the Traverse and Finborough Theatre.
Chris was born and brought up in Whitby, North Yorkshire. He attended The National Youth Theatre and Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre before moving to London in 2004. TV Work includes Doctor Who (BBC) Doctors (BBC) Rome (BBC/HBO). Theatre includes ‘Stumped’ at Southwark Playhouse, ‘Testimony’ at Etcetera Theatre, ‘White’ at Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Chris works regularly as a Voiceover Artist in Video Games, Narration and Commercials. When he’s not pretending to be other people he likes playing other people’s music – Chris has been Djing professionally for almost twenty years, playing all over the UK and from Ibiza to India!
Rebecca trained at Birmingham School of Acting. Her theatre credits include: Sheila in “Iron” by Rona Monroe, Terri Scholes in “The Vertical Hour “and Chorus in “Electra”. Rebecca also has a semi regular role in BBC’s daytime soap “Doctors”. Roles whilst training include: The Duchess in “The Duchess of Malfi” and Perdita in “A Winters Tale”, Hannah in Roy Williams “Days of Significance”, Agatha in “The Faith Machine” and Mariane in “Tartuffe”.
Isabella graduated from ALRA in 2015. She has just finished a
number of runs with Get Over It Productions, in their All-Female, The Taming of the Shrew. Isabella was born andbrought up in Sheffield so is delighted to performing at Theatre 503, celebrating emerging talent from Yorkshire.
Bryony trained at the Manchester School of Theatre, graduating this sum
mer. She is originally from Leeds, and is thrilled to be performing in ‘View From Here: Yorkshire’ at Theatre 503. Other credits include ‘Promised Land’ with Red Ladder Theatre Company and ‘The Art of Success’ at Home Theatre Manchester.
Hippolyte graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2015. Born and raised in France, he moved to England in 2004. Credits while training include “Light Shining In Buckinghamshire” and “Pornography” (GSA). Theatre credits include: “Stiff Dicky” (The Hen And Chickens), “The Tempest” (Italy Tour 2016), “you/me/tomorrow” (Lo/Fall Theatre), “Henry IV Parts I&II” (Waterloo East Theatre), “Night Horses” (PRG Theatre, La Chapelle Gély), “The Despondent Divorcee” & “Mildred and the Midnight City” (HookHitch Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe). Hippolyte will be appearing in Junkbox Theatre’s rep season of “Stiff Dicky” and “Mine” at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
Charlotte is a performer and producer originally from Yorkshire who trained at the ArtsEd School of Acting. Her credits as a performer include MEAT (Theatre503); Sonnet Walk directed by Mark Rylance (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Arts Theatre); Trap Doors (Team Angelica/Bush Theatre); Les Misérables (Bradford Alhambra); The Merchant of Venice (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Smoking in the Boys’ Room
(Theatre503); Prince of Thebes/Oedipus/Antigone (The Scoop); The Meeting (Pleasance Islington/ Edinburgh) and Stumped (Southwark Playhouse). She previously co-founded ‘Play the Fool’ Theatre Company which performed their first production ‘Smoking in the Boys Room’ at Theatre503. Charlotte is also Company Director of Monday Club, a collective of artists who collaborate to develop and support new work across the arts.
View From Here is produced by Isabel Sharman, Philippa Mannion and Katherine Nesbitt in association with Theatre503.