Catalyst 2019

Catalyst is the cornerstone of our commitment to new writing for the theatre. This residential project offers in-depth professional development to young writers and directors aged 18-25.

To those selected, we offer the chance to work with a team of professional actors, and highly experienced writing and directing mentors in a safe and supportive space, to develop and showcase new scripts. Places are strictly limited, and the work will be intensive, challenging and exciting.

Participation is free of charge, and full board and lodging is provided.

Catalyst 2019 took place from Monday 1 April – Friday 12 April 2019 and six writers and three directors took part. Writers were mentored by Tom Brennan and Sam Potter and directors by Ria Parry and John Hoggarth.

Extracts from the following plays were performed on Friday 6 April:

We Have Sinned by Tife Kusoro
Tendons by Karim Khan
A Fear of Unexplained Light by Ava Wong Davies
Uninhabitable by Harriet Wynder
Allah in the Walls by Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi
The House of Sappho by Matthew Ingram

Photos © Sophia Burnell


Seraphina Beh
Tony Bell
Milly Blue
Corrina Buchan
Tina Chiang
Lewis Doherty
Shiv Jalota
Parys Jordan
Cathy Owen

Creative Team

Young Directors
Grace Cordell
Charlotte Vickers
Jonty Weston

Young Writers
Ava Wong Davies
Matthew Ingram
Karim Khan
Tife Kusoro
Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi
Harriet Wynder

Project Directors
Ria Parry
John Hoggarth

Project Mentors
Tom Brennan
Sam Potter

Technical Team
Clive Stevenson
Rebecca Welburn

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