The North Wall’s ArtsLab Catalyst residency is central to the venue’s commitment to new writing, and brings two vital roles centre stage, offering six talented writers and three directors two weeks of immersive creativity and the chance to focus solely on honing their craft.
Catalyst 2023 took place from Monday 27 March – Friday 7 April 2023. Writers were mentored by Tom Brennan, Karim Khan and Sam Potter and directors by Ria Parry and John Hoggarth.
Catalyst Showcase | Fri 7 April 2023
In Defence of Adventurous Mothers
by Simon Marshall, directed by Dale Edwards
by Sarah Isaac, directed by Olivia Munk
by Sam Parker, directed by Olivia Munk
Sexiest Woman in the World
by Jenny Wall, directed by Taiwo Ava Oyebola
by Roann Hassani McCloskey, directed by Taiwo Ava Oyebola
rite to party
by Yasmine Dankwah, directed by Dale Edwards
Download the Catalyst 2023 Programme
Photography © Geraint Lewis
“The experience has been really formative for me – from learning more about what directions to take my writing in to maximise the drama and potential, through to finding new writing peers, mentors and friends. The North Wall have this programme down so right, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.”
– Simon Marshall, Catalyst Writer
“Catalyst also marks the first time I’ve directed something independently and I have felt confident to take that leap, hugely because of the generosity of the team here at The North Wall, as well as everyone who has taken part in the programme.”
– Taiwo Ava Oyebola, Catalyst Director
With thanks St Edward’s School for their generous support.