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Be an Angel - join a radical new scheme to 'buy time' for struggling new playwrights to write!

Paul Anthony Morris was the first playwright chosen for the scheme in 2008 and, with our help, completed his new play IDENTITY. Pericles Snowdon became the second playwright to win the award in 2009 and completed an extraordinary piece on Romany gypsies, THEY WHO LAY IN THE FIELDS LIKE BEASTS. Kenneth Emson followed in 2010 writing WHITE about his home town in Thurrock. Sarah Grochala was our fourth winner in 2011 writing SMOLENSK inspired by the events unfolding after the Polish plane crash on 10 April 2010 and Clara Brennan has completed her year as the fifth winner with her smouldering new play THE VENDOR and we are joined in 2013 by Satinder Chohan planning to write about motherhood, bodies and blood ties between women across nations.

The levels of support are as follows:

(equivalent to 20 a week)

  • will receive monthly email bulletins from Satinder reporting on the adventures and misadventures of the writing process giving a rare peep through the keyhole at a writer's life
  • will be invited to 3 events a year to meet Satinder during a workshop or for a chatty drink
  • will be invited to a performed reading of the final draft where feedback is more than welcome
  • will be invited to a preview night if the play is staged
  • will be invited to the opening night and party if the play is staged
  • will be credited in the programme for the first and all future productions of the play.

(equivalent to 10 a week)
  • will receive monthly email bulletins from Satinder
  • will be invited to 1 event during the year to meet Satinder and catch up
  • will be invited to a performed reading of the final draft where feedback is more than welcome
  • will be invited to the opening night and party if the play is staged
  • will be credited in the programme for the first and all future productions of the play.

  • will receive monthly email bulletins from Satinder
  • will be invited to the opening night and party if the play is staged
  • will be credited in the programme for the first and all future productions of the play.
At the end of the process all Satinder's supporters will have a finished play and will be the 'parents' of that play.

To become an Angel, please contact Sofie Mason on or call 020 7277 1511 to talk it through - thank you!

Previous Winners

PAUL MORRIS - Winner 2008
The story so far... Paul directed a reading of his new play Gifted at the Bush Theatre last year and has just completed the research & development of his new play Conundrum at the Bush theatre with an exciting line up that featured Anthony Ofoegbu, Arun Ghosh, Surinder Sandhu and Shane Shambhu among others. Paul will begin preliminary talks in May 2013 with a number of venues for a future production. In July Paul will begin writing the second edition of his trilogy - an adaptation of the Judaic, Christian and Islamic narrative of the Patriarch Abraham. The adaptation will deconstruct the mainstream religious narrative by retelling this epic story solely from the perspective of Sarai, Abraham's first wife. Updates of Paul's progress will be tweeted with bi monthly emails to his Angels.

The story so far... Since the OWE Angels gave him the opportunity to write & stage They Who Lay In The Fields Like Beasts, his Romani play set during the fall of the Soviet Union, Pericles has written a 5-star show on memory palaces for FoxedUp Theatre Co and had several shorts produced for The Miniaturists and Encounter Profuctions. His play Bluebeard is about to receive its West Coast premiere in the US & he has become a regular contributor of articles & short stories for international arts magazine Auditorium. He's just been commissioned for his first screenplay & is currently editing his first proper grown-up novel, Liquorish. As an actor he played Young Stalin last year in the Olivier Award-winning Collaborators and will be appearing in another new play, Bluestockings, at the Globe this summer. All in all he's a very happy bunny.

KENNY EMSON - Winner 2010
The story so far... Kenny has been writing for Doctors, Holby City and EastEnders. He won the Theatre Centre's Adrienne Benham Award (White was the play they read, so again a million thanks to his Angels!) and the BBC Radio 3 aired his short radio play, The Verb. He finished a short commission for Nabokov Theatre which premiered at the High Tide Festival last year and has two plays about to be produced in the Eastern region. Parkway Dreams is touring throughout April and May 2013 and England Street goes on at the Oxford Playhouse in April 2013. He is also developing a new radio script about carp fishing, a co-authored piece with BBC Writersroom about the final 24 hours of a murdered girl's life. He is under commission to High Tide and Supporting Wall Theatre for productions to take place in 2014.

SARAH GROCHALA - Winner 2011
The story so far... Since finishing her adoption in Spring 2012, Sarah has had a very busy year. Smolensk, the play that she wrote with the help of her generous Angels is currently attached to a production company and will hopefully go into production in the near future. Her play S-27, which has already been seen in London and Sydney, was produced in Toronto in July 2012. In addition to this her short play Red Shoes has been hopping around the country with Agent 160 making visits to London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast. She is now working in collaboration with the director Abigail Graham and Theatre Delicatessen to develop it into a full length piece. In December 2012, she was awarded her PhD for her research into the use of non-linear story structures in contemporary British playwriting. She is currently working as an associate artist with Headlong and on attachment at the National Theatre Studio.

CLARA BRENNAN - Winner 2012
The story so far... since completing her adoption Clara has been commissioned for a TV pilot script of 'The Berserkers' with Channel 4 and is developing the series, alongside a lo-fi sci-fi series, with Fifty Fathoms/ Tiger Aspect. Her play 'Hi Vis' has been translated into Spanish and opens in Madrid in October 2013. Her one-woman play 'Spine' is due for production in 2014. Her third Theatre Uncut play, 'The Wing', previewed at The Traverse this August and is at the Young Vic in November. She is about to start work on a co-authored feature film with Elevator Productions and is currently writing a new play commission for The Drum/Theatre Royal Plymouth. The play she wrote for us 'The Vendor' was shortlisted for the Papatango Prize.

And from our Foster Children...

The story so far... "After an incredible start to 2012 - going into rehearsals with "Snookered" and then following it around the country whilst on tour - I have now taken up my Pearson Residency at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Alongside developing my craft as a writer, I will be developing a script with the hope of being commissioned at the end of the year. I have also been involved in a short piece for Eclipse theatre inspired by "A Rage in Harlem" which should be airing soon on The Space website and one of the satellite channels. And I've also written a short film that is in search of funding!

I'm about to start writing the second in my trilogy of plays for Tamasha, ("Snookered" being the first) - the play is set in a mini-cab office and is called "Approaching Empty" folowing the lives of a group of middle aged mostly Asian cab drivers. My hope is to give an insight into a different generation of men from those in "Snookered".

I'm also meeting with a number of Film and TV production companies to start the ball rolling towards fulfilling some more of my very long list of ambitions!"

The story so far...Jane still can't get away from her Derbyshire roots. Her plays range from virtual online worlds to male flashers and eighty year old protesters - but they've all got the northern dialect. She studied English and theatre at the University of Warwick before joining the Royal Court's Young Writers Group and subsequently being invited to their Invitation Group for Playwrights and then their Supergroup of 12 specially selected writers. In 2012, her play Barrow Hill was produced at the Finborough Theatre (thanks to the generosity of Sofie, Diana and Carol) and published by Oberon books. Her other plays include Photos Of You Sleeping, (originally performed as an extract at Hampstead Theatre, it went on to have a rehearsed reading as a prizewinner in the 2012 PapaTango Playwrighting Competition); In World (shortlisted for the Writersroom 10 scheme and performed as part of Vibrant 2011 at the Finborough Theatre) and One Night in Zanzibar (shortlisted for the BBC Heartlands new writing search). In May 2013, her short play The Taste of Us Or Pinocchio Gets Laid won an IdeasTap brief and was subsequently performed at the Invertigo Take Over at the HighTide Festival. Jane has recently been working with Hampstead Theatre and Theatre Centre as one of the Skylines writers, for which her short play Life Mould was chosen as one of three pieces to be showcased in front of industry professionals in June (no pressure there then!). She is currently through to the second stage of the Old Vic New Voices T S Eliot Commission, and has just started writing her newest play.

The story so far... Phil won the Rod Hall Memorial Award in 2008 from which he gained an attachment with Paines Plough. Subsequently, his first full-length play Adjusted was performed at the Interplay Europe Young Writers Festival in Utrecht. Phil's short play The Makings was one of three winning entries in ATG Churchill Theatre's Write Here Right Now 2009 competition, where it received a rehearsed reading. Adjusted was also the featured play at one of the Institute of Contemporary Arts' Lab events. In 2010 Phil's monologue Up The Dale was performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre Studio as part of Paines Plough's 'Come To Where I'm From' project. He is now working on Threads with the help of Sofie and Diana.

About Satinder Chohan

Playwright Fin Kennedy's speech at the launch of the Adopt A Playwright Award

Guidelines for selection of candidates


With huge thanks to Clara's
growing family of Angels -

Sofie Mason
Nicholas Payne

John Bakewell
John Bird
Clive Brill
David Chiltern
Bernice Chitnis
Chris Crowcroft
Victoria Dickie
Cas Donald
Zuleika Dobson
Bernadette Earley
Joachim Fleury
John & Bea Flynn
Laura Gallo
Tracy Hilliard
Diana Jervis - Read
Margaret Levin
Janine Limberg
Richard & Kath Lynam
Anne Mayer
Seth Melhado
Emma Reeves
Mirium Ryley
Wendy Salisbury
John Sandy
Jon Satow
Carol Slavid
Geraldine Sharpe Newton
Pauline Tambling
Camilla Whitworth Jones
Jo Wright

Advisory Panel 2008/2013:
Clive Brill
Declan Feenan
Joachim Fleury
James Haddrell
Alison Hindell
Fin Kennedy
David Lan
Walter Meierjohann
Kerry Michael
Paul Morris
Pericles Snowdon

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