Meet Fintan Dineen

Fintan Dineen is an emerging writer and performer from Balham, South West London. He developed a strong taste for writing during his time at the University of Portsmouth where he wrote and produced numerous plays/performances.

After leaving Portsmouth with a First in (BA) Drama & Performance he went on to study (MA) Performance Practice & Research at the Royal Central School. There he wrote and performed a one man multimedia show Becoming Vincent for Brink Festival and graduated with a Distinction.
 Since graduating, Fintan formed theatre company ‘PALP’ and wrote a comedic piece entitled One Above which had its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe 15’. Fintan is most interested in developing contemporary languages for today’s stage.

Meet Conor Carroll

Conor Patrick Carroll is a London based playwright and graduate of the MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has had work produced at the LOST Theatre, Theatre 503, Camden People's Theatre, St James Theatre, Bread & Roses Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre and Theatre N16. He is an alumni of the National Theatre Young Studio, partaking in season's 2 & 4, the latter of which resulted in a performance in the NT Shed and he is currently devising an immersive production with the Tricycle Theatre Young Company for their 2016 Takeover Festival.

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About the festival

The Young Harts Writing Festival is an exciting opportunity that will see five young writers go head to head with five professional writers in a two- night festival on the 8-9th April 2016 at the Lyric Hammersmith! All ten plays will be performed in the Lyric’s refurbished Studio space.

All ten plays will be directed by Roy Alexander Weise (Royal Court Theatre Trainee Diretor) and produced by Ann Akin (Harts Theatre).

The decision was extremely tough but we are pleased to announce our winners:

Sarah Milton

Conor Carroll

Fintan Daneen 

Saffia Kavaz 

Tom Taborn

These writers will receive mentorship from playwrights Arinze Kene, Isley Alana Lynn, Lukey Barnez, Phoebe Eclair-Powell and Somalia Seaton alongside a masterclass with Rikki-Beadle Blair. Their plays will then be performed alongside their mentors at the Lyric Hammersmith 8th and 9th April.

Meet Sarah Milton

Meet the writers who will take the stage with professional counterparts at the Lyric Hammersmith in April!

Sarah Milton, aged 24,

Sarah is alumni of The Lyric Young Writers 2013 (led by Duncan Macmillan), Soho Young Writers 2014/15, Hightide Writers Academy 2015 and RADA Advances in Script Writing 2015 (led by Stephen Jeffries). Sarah’s play TIDYSHAM was hot listed for the Adrian Pagan Award 2013. She is a member of the Soho Young Writers Alumni Group 2016 and is also one of ten young writers working with The Royal Court on their Open Court Festival 2016. Sarah’s play Lucy Light is one of six chosen to be presented this year at The Steyning Festival 2016. Sarah works professionally as an actor. She trained for three years at Mountview Academy on the BA Acting course, graduating in 2012.

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