TheatreCraft 2017

TheatreCraft took place for the third year running between Monday 27th March and Friday 7th April 2017.

Six young playwrights and three emerging directors aged 18-25 came together for two weeks to explore how to improve their craft. Mentored by directors John Hoggarth, and Ria Parry (Iron Shoes) and writers Tom Brennan and Sam Potter, the group had the invaluable opportunity to try out ideas with a professional acting ensemble.

The project is part of our ongoing mission to support young artists at a vital early stage of their career. This project brings two key roles centre stage, offering talented young writers and directors two weeks of immersive creativity and the chance to focus on developing their work.

Extracts from the following plays were performed on Friday 7 April:

Threadbare by Maddy Barnes
Blinded by Bertie Darrell
Wine Face by Jade Stockley
Golden Years by Elspeth McColl
Would You Mind? by Imogen Palmer
E8 by Marika McKennell


New for 2017 we have a considerably expanded offer for young writers. In addition to those selected for the ArtsLab residency, we offered opportunities to additional shortlisted writers to take part in a number of other activities, including:

  • Detailed feedback on script submissions
  • The opportunity to work with our new Writer-in-Residence and to attend script development surgeries at the North Wall
  • Invitation to attend Alchymy, our first ever festival of new plays which included number of talks and workshops with industry professionals
  • Invitations to submit scripts for future ArtsLab projects, including the Alchymy Festival in future years


Tony Bell
Claire Dargo
Lewis Doherty
Guy Hargreaves
Parys Jordon
Milly Oldfield
Nikki Patel
Carlyss Peer
Alice Vilanculo

Creative Team

Young Directors
Emily Collins
Charlotte Evans
Issy Snape

Young Writers
Maddy Barnes
Bertie Darrell
Elspeth McColl
Marika McKennell
Imogen Palmer
Jade Stockley

Project Director
John Hoggarth

Project Mentors
Ria Parry
Tom Brennan
Sam Potter

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