THE FINAL night's winner was...... CONOR CARROLL with his play It Is So Ordered!!!
And tonights winner is.... FINTAN DINEEN!!!! with his play Send: A Game of Textual Tennis
FEMALE ARTS sat down with artistic director Ann. Here's a little teaser of what they discussed...
Tell us a little about you and your arts career, where you trained and how you came to work in your position now....
I started training when I was 11. I used to take Saturday classes in music, dance and drama at Sylvia Young. I then went on to do Musical Theatre at the BRIT School, I have a degree in Media Performance and I also went to Drama Studio London after my degree. I've been working professionally for 12 years now.
But my journey to where I am now as a director of a community arts theatre company started 6 years ago when I set up a female theatre company with my best friend Catherine Ashton called Vintage Star Productions. I wrote, directed, choreographed and acted in my first play called Conversations with Love which did really well and we had a whirlwind two and a half years, achieving things that I didn't imagine. But I wanted to do more and work with young people. I wanted the heart of the company to be community based. So, whilst still a director of Vintage Star I started teaching the drama classes at LOST Theatre in Stockwell. Now called the LOST HARTS Young Company. We started with about 6 kids and now have 60 regular kids and we are funded by Young Lambeth Coop to deliver the classes and activities there. Harts delivers classes in 3 boroughs in London and we are about to launch in Barnet and we also deliver mental health awareness workshops.
But I am also still a working professional actress
Tell us a little about Young Harts...
The Young Harts Writing Festival started as a competition for anyone aged 10-25 where they were asked to submit a 10 minute play with the theme of power.
I had the idea about a year ago and thought it would be great to produce a festival that bridges the gap between young people and professionals.
So 5 winning writers will compete against 5 commissioned professional writers and go head to head in a 2 day festival for the title of audience favourite. But the audience do not know who has written each play when they cast their vote.
We can't believe the festival opens in 5 days! Remember to grab those tickets...
Less than two weeks to go until the Young Writers Festival at the Lyric Hammersmith and here at Harts HQ we're pleased to say we've featured in the following publications:
Our professional playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell sat down with young writer Conor Carroll to discuss all-things theatre for A Younger Theatre.
Rykesha Hudson writes in the Voice Online "Pro Writers Battle It Out With Youths In Theatre Challenge: Young Harts Writing Festival aims to bridge the gap between the industry and young, new writers"
Our winning young writers will receive a masterclass with Rikki Beadle-Blair! Rikki is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer. He has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angelest Outfest Screenwriting and Outstanding Achievement awards. His projects include several feature films and TV series, including ‘Blackbird’ starring Oscar-winning actress, Mo’nique, ‘Stonewall’ for the BBC, Metrosexuality for Channel 4,’ Noah’s Arc for MTV LOGO as well as FIT, KickOff and Bashment for his own company Team Angelica. Rikki also works extensively in theatre and has written 28 plays in the last decade that have been performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Bush Theatre, the Soho Theatre, the Tristan Bates Theatre and the Contact Theatre in Manchester. Rikki is committed mentor to a great many writers, actors and directors.
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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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:
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 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.
Follow her on www.twitter.com/_SarahMilton